Hawks-Blues to Slide Under the Total

Chicago Blackhawks players

Dana Lane

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 5:10 PM GMT

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 5:10 PM GMT

Tonight it’s we get our money back day in St. Louis where the Chicago Blackhawks travel to face the Blues. Puck drops at 8:00/5:00 PT so join me for a full analysis and winning NHL pick.

A good lesson for the people who want to put too much of their winnings on a game but still last night’s loss was a shock. The New York Rangers held 4-3 lead with less than a minute to go in the game after climbing out of a 2-0 hole early on.. Then Sidney Crosby scored with 56 seconds left in regulation, finished off by Evgeni Malkin in overtime to snatch defeat from the hands of victory. Thankfully most of us didn’t load up a big unit bet because we know discipline wins the race.
 

Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues  

The current line is 5.5, shaded to the ‘under’ -113 after opening -110 according to the SBR Odds page. Starting in net for Chicago is Corey Crawford who is 4-1 with a .960 save percentage to compliment his 1.39 goals against average. For the Blues, Jake Allen gets the nod. Allen is 3-2 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.96 GAA.

Injuries

Chicago Nick Schmaltz had an upper-body injury is expected to play tonight after centering the Blackhawks second line at practice.

St. Louis Alex Steen (Hand) will be re-evaluated after the morning skate and will be determined after if he can play tonight.

Jaden Schwartz (Food Poisoning) was held out of practice Monday, should be 100% for tonight


NBC’s ‘Rivalry Night’ found a good one as it’s no secret how the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues feel about each other.

I can’t help but focus on how well Corey Crawford has played this season as he brings sparkling statistics into this one. Of the five games, Crawford has played he allowed more than one goal just once. I’m not sure how you could focus on anything but the ‘under’ when you’re supporting 1.39 goals against. Big games are the times when we can rely on him the most as he is considered one the best clutch net-minders in the league. Offensively the Blues started out hot scoring 15 goals in their first four games but since they’ve cooled off and have fallen to 18th in scoring.

As mentioned, both teams could be returning key members to their line-up. The conventional thinking is that teams will be better with a core player returning so they run out and bet the ‘over’. I always caution people in this situation because I’m under the belief that it takes at least a couple games to get back to the level that fans are expecting.

From a trend perspective, the Blackhawks are currently on an 8-3-1 ‘under’ run after enjoying three or more days off. St. Louis is 20-6-4 to the ‘under’ in their last 30 games against the Western Conference.

We’re going to up our bet a little here because this one is easily headed under the total.

 

Free NHL Pick: Under 5.5Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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