The Blues will host the Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois with the opening face-off set for 9:35 PM ET. This will be Game 4 in the best-of-7 Western Conference Quarterfinal series between these clubs in which St. Louis holds a 2-1 lead. According to NHL betting odds Chicago is a -150 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0.
Chicago found themselves with their backs to the wall on Monday night by trailing 2-0 in the series, and in desperate need of a win. Well the defending Stanley Cup champions responded in a huge way during a crucial 2-0 win to get themselves right back into the series. Corey Crawford turned away all 34 St. Louis shots on goal to earn the shutout. Chicago will continue to be without the services of defensemen Brent Seabrook for 2 more games as he continues serving his suspension for his hit on David Backes in Game 2. The win on Monday marked the 3rd in a row on home ice for the Blackhawks versus the Blues this season. Chicago is now a stellar 13-2 at home this season versus opponents which allow 2.55 or less goals per game.
No Time to
Hang their Heads
The Blues come off their first loss of the series but you certainly couldn’t fault their effort. St. Louis held the territorial edge in the game outshooting Chicago 34-23. They just encountered a goaltender in Corey Crawford who was locked in, and extremely sharp. The final result was in jeopardy until the final minute of the 3rd period when Chicago added an empty net goal to seal the victory. St. Louis is 0-5 this season following a road loss versus a division opponent. The Blues have now gone under the total in 18 of 24 road games this season versus a division opponent.
This series could very well be 3-0 for either team. However, going into Game 4 the pressure remains on Chicago. The Blackhawks want to avoid at all costs heading back to St. Louis down 3-1, and facing elimination. This will be another closely contested game in this series, and I look for the home ice to be the deciding factor.
Free Hockey Pick: Chicago -150 over St. Louis