NHL Picks: Blues vs. Blackhawks Game 3

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, April 20, 2014 5:16 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014 5:16 PM UTC

St. Louis will travel to Chicago for Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal Playoff series on Monday. Find out what our resident sports betting expert has to say about this pivotal game, and what he releases as his NHL free pick in this contest.

Hawks/Blues Resume Heated Series
The Blackhawks will host the Blues on Monday at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois with the opening face-off slated for 8:35 PM ET. This will be Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series which has seen the Blues win the first 2-games. According to NHL betting odds Chicago is a -165 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0.

Classic Playoff Series in the Making
Depending on which team you’re a fan of in this series, the first 2-games either made you ecstatic, or broken hearted. If you are just a hockey fan in general, this series has brought you the highest level of entertainment, and has exemplified everything that’s great about the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Hawks with an Uphill Climb
It would be hard to imagine any team could suffer tougher losses in consecutive games to start a playoff series than the Blackhawks just endured. In the opening game of the series Chicago allowed St. Louis to tie the game with less than 2-minutes to play in the 3rd period, and then ultimately lost the game 4-3 in 3-overtimes. Just when they thought things couldn’t get any more gut wrenching, well they proceeded to do so. The Hawks stormed back from a 2-0 deficit in Game 2 and took the lead 3-2, only to see the Blues ties the game with just 6-seconds left to play in the 3rd period. The Blues then completed their back-to-back sequence of dramatic wins by scoring 7-minutes into the overtime session to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series.

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Riding a Wave of Momentum
There were many NHL experts out there including myself that wondered how St. Louis would react in the playoffs after finishing the regular season on a 6-game losing streak. Well the Blues have answered those legitimate concerns in emphatic fashion. You would be hard pressed to find consecutive wins that were any more dramatic and exciting in the Blues franchise history than what we witness in the first 2-games of this series. After getting off to a shaky start in the 1st period of Game 1 of the series when he allowed 3 Chicago goals, Ryan Miller has settled in very nicely in allowing just 3-goals over his last 8-plus periods of action. The Blues role players have also played a key role so far, and St. Louis has also seemed to resolve their goal scoring problems by lighting the lamp 8-times in the first 2-games. A monumental task considering this was a club that scored 2-goals or less in each of their final 9 regular season games.

NHL Betting System
Play against any money line road underdog of +100 to +150 that had a 0.3 or more goal per game differential on the season, and had allowed 3-goals or more in each of their previous 3-games. When fading the road team in that exact situation you would be 29-5 (85.3%) during the last 5 seasons.

Free Pick: Chicago -165 over St. Louis

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