The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues meet for the first time this year. They’ve had some epic battles in the past, including in the playoffs, with the Blackhawks having more bragging rights than the Blues. The Blackhawks have some Stanley Cup rings to flash in front of the Blues. Meanwhile, St. Louis has choked up a hairball constantly in the playoffs. I don’t know why this year would be any different, but I don’t think there is much expected of the Blues.
There’s always been a lot of pressure on them. This season, though, after so much disappointment, people are giving up on them. Perhaps that’s what they need? Instead of playing with a slew of expectations. In any event, they have shown they can win in the regular season, so we’re going to wait a while to see what they do in the playoffs.
The Hawks are 4-1-1 and are trying to win one more Stanley Cup before they’re core is over the hill. They are almost there, but Pat Kane and Jonathan Toews still have gas left in the tank. Kane is 28 and Toews is 29 so they have some time left to get another Stanley Cup. They’ve already set out what they wanted to do, though, so if they don’t, that duo will be remembered for everything they brought to the Blackhawks organization.
In the Blackhawks and Blues most recent meetings in the playoffs, the Hawks bounced the Blues in the 1st round of the 2014 playoffs, and then the Blues won in seven games in 2016. Are we going to get another round of this rivalry in the playoffs? We could get a small preview tonight. Head below for our free Blackhawks vs. Blues pick.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues Pick
The Blues are returning home after a long road trip, which saw them go from New York to Florida. They haven’t played at home since October 7th against the Stars. In fact, that’s been their only game at home. They’ve been on the road for five of six games. They are on a two-game skid, with losses to the Panthers and Lightning. They had three games in four games, so it hasn’t been the most enjoyable road trip. However, I always think it’s better to get those trips out of the way now. Jake Allen is going to need a nice performance against the hot scoring Blackhawks.
Chicago are averaging 4.17 goals per game this season. They ripped the Penguins for 10 goals in a 10-1 victory. They followed it up with an average of 3.6 goals a game in their next three contests. Corey Crawford and the defence have been playing well, too. Note that they’ve allowed just 1 goal in three of six games played this year, on average just 2.1 goals against. I think at best this game should be a pick, and not the Blues favored by -120. As slight dogs, the Blackhawks are a worth a look on Wednesday night in this rivalry game.
PICK: BLACKHAWKS (+105)