NHL Picks: Appealing Plus Odds to Fade Defending Champs

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 5:28 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 5:28 PM GMT

We’re going to break down Wednesday’s NHL game between St. Louis and Chicago. Go inside to read our revealing betting preview article on this contest that concludes with a free NHL pick.

Central Division Rivals Meet on Wednesday
Two Central Division rivals square off on Wednesday when Chicago hosts St. Louis. The opening faceoff at the United Center is slated for 8:05 PM ET. At the time of this writing, NHL betting odds show Chicago as a -140 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. This will be the first meeting of the season between these heated rivals. St. Louis was 3-2 versus Chicago a season ago.

 

Expected Starting Goaltenders
In all likelihood, it will be Brian Elliott in goal for St. Louis tonight. Elliott hasn’t made a start since 10/24 against the Islanders, which resulted in a 3-2 loss. Head coach Ken Hitchcock has opted to ride the hot hand of Jake Allen during the Blues previous four games. After all, Allen went 3-1 in those starts with an excellent .956 save percentage. However, Allen was in goal for last night’s home loss to Los Angeles, and will be given Wednesday off. Elliott has gone a profitable 4-1 in five starts this season, and that includes a perfect 3-0 in away games.

Speaking of hot goaltenders, barring something unforeseen, Corey Crawford will be between the pipes for Chicago on Wednesday. Crawford has gone 3-1 in his last four starts, posted two shutouts during that time, and compiled a superb .960 save percentage. He’s also gone 5-1 in six starts at home with an impressive .951 save percentage.

 

Blues Need a Short Memory
The Blues are coming off a game in which they were shutout 3-0 at home last night against Los Angeles. That defeat ended a three game win streak. On a positive note, St. Louis has gone an outstanding 19-2 during the past three seasons when facing an opponent that averages 2.4 or less goals per game. Chicago enters tonight averaging just 2.3 goals per game this season. The Blues are also an extremely profitable 24-7 during the last three seasons following a home loss.

 

NHL Money Line Betting Angle
St. Louis has gone 8-4 (.667) against the money line this season. On the other hand, Chicago is 7-5 (.583) versus the money line to start this 2015-2016 NHL campaign.

Any team (St. Louis) playing in the first half of the season, coming off a home loss in which they were shutout, and had a money line winning percentage of .600 to .700, versus an opponent with a better than .500 record, resulted in that team going 21-7 (75%) against the money line since 1996. I’m going with the money line underdog in this game tonight for one of my NHL picks.

Free NHL Pick: Play on St. Louis +125 on the Money Line at 5Dimes

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