Goalies to Keep Scoring Down in Blackhawks-Blues Matchup

Dana Lane

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 1:49 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018 1:49 PM UTC

"Under" bets are 21-6-1 when Chicago plays at St. Louis. With each team's power-play unit in a funk, the offenses will be challenged again so look for another "under" tonight.

NHL Wednesday: Blackhawks vs. BluesFree NHL Pick: Under 5.5, -105Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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One team is out, the other is trying to find their way in.

The Chicago Blackhawks (32-37-10, 74 points, -22 goal differential) were eliminated from postseason contention a long time ago and are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games. However, they have shown they still have a little left in the tank with wins against playoff-bound Winnipeg and Boston in that 10-game span. Part of the reason for their demise is a power-play unit that is successful just 15.8 percent of the time, ranking them 29th of 31 teams. They are getting nothing from Artem Anisimov (1 assist last five games) on the top unit, and their second unit features Victor Ejdsell (1 assist last five games) and Tyler Sikura, who played 68 games with Rockford in the AHL. I don’t expect that the Hawks' special teams will find consistent success anytime soon.

With just three games left the St. Louis Blues (43-30-6, 92 points, +5) are still on the outside looking in. The Blues trail Colorado by one point for a Western Conference wild-card berth with a game in hand. For as bad as Chicago is on the power play, St. Louis is even worse. They rank 30th with a success rate of 15.3 percent, and in the past month it's 14.3 percent. These teams won’t give you much from a special teams perspective, making this an attractive game to play "under" the total.

Chicago will have Jean-Francois Berube (2-5-1, 3.93, .891) in goal, while St. Louis' probable starter is Jake Allen (27-23-3, .906, 2.72). The puck drops at 8 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network).

The last time these teams met, Patrik Berglund scored at 3:31 of overtime to give St. Louis a 5-4 road win. The Blues forced the extra session when Alex Pietrangelo scored at 18:38 of the third period. Allen made 26 saves in the victory; Berube stopped 36 shots for the Hawks.

The NHL odds board shows that the Blues are huge favorites (-230). The public doesn’t seem to mind betting -215 favorites, driving this number to a high of -250 at Bovada. I’m not sure the Blues should be -250 over anyone, but that’s not the focus for our NHL picks.

We’re not going to get plus money anymore but the "under" is still a reasonable -105 after public and professional wagering drove this number down. This is a wager you shouldn’t wait too long to make if you want to get the best of the line. We already see -110 at various spots as well as -107.

We cashed Tuesday night and we’re going to do it again with two teams we can’t rely on offensively.

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