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CHI’s Struggles Versus Central Continues

Brian Elliott St. Louis Blues Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The St. Louis Blues can further tighten their grip on the opening round series with a win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 Tuesday. The Blues, led by the stellar goaltending of Brian Elliott can take a 3-1 series lead in Chicago and considering how lackluster the Hawks have played versus Central Division teams, there’s a good chance of that happening.

Shark Bites
  • The Blues have gone 5-15 SU in their last 21 visits to Chicago.
  • The Blackhawks are 5-2 SU in their last seven games as favorites.
  • The Blues are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games versus the Western Conference.

The Hawks are currently -165 in moneyline markets at online book Bovada while the Blues come in at +145. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is presently EVEN odds while UNDER 5 goals comes in at -120.

The Hawks have struggled versus teams from the Central all season long and have been especially cold of late. In their last 14 meetings against teams from within the division, they have gone just 3-11 SU including the 1-2 series deficit they take into Tuesday’s meeting.

Elliott has stopped 105 of the 109 shots he’s faced, good enough for a sparkling .963 save percentage and 1.28 goals against average. His opposite, Corey Crawford, has been pretty good himself, posting a 1.92 goals against average and .929 save percentage in the three games.

Patrick Kane, the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season, has been held in check (as best a team can) through three games as he’s recorded three points thus far.

The Blues have actually handled the Blackhawks really well dating back to recent regular season meetings. They have gone 4-1 SU in the previous five meetings overall and have held them to just eight goals in those five games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The St. Louis Blues were listed as 140 underdogs on the NHL hockey moneyline earlier at Bet365. The over under total was set at 5 before betting started earlier on Tuesday at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3.4-2.2 win for the Blues on Tuesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

St. Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Blackhawks currently sport a record of 48-27-10. The St. Louis Blues are 51-25-9. Betting totals have seen the Blackhawks post a 30-33-22 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Blues have gone 32-41-12 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs St. Louis injuries news.

The Chicago Blackhawks sit at No. 13 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the St. Louis Blues sit at a No. 5 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Chicago Blackhawks No. 10-ranked offense (2.82 goals per game) against a St. Louis Blues defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.42 goals per game allowed. The Blackhawks powerplay has clicked at a 22.87% rate while the Blues have a 85.07% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Blackhawks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blues at +139 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • St. Louis is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
  • St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
  • Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Chicago is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
  • Chicago is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games when playing at home against St. Louis

Next Betting Matchups

St. Louis home to Chicago, Thursday, April 21st