The St. Louis Blues watched a 3-1 lead disappear against the Blackhawks on Wednesday night. With that, the Blues may have watched their playoff chances disappear as well. Despite the loss, though, and perception that the season is over, the Blues are still alive with two games left in their season. It’s between the Blues and Avalanche, who are currently separated by a point in the Western Conference. With the loss to the Hawks, the Blues stayed at 92 points, trailing the Avalanche and their 93 points. Note that the Sharks beat the Avalanche last night. A win for the Avalanche would have been a near deathblow to the Blues, but the Avs missed out on a big opportunity.
The Blues really don’t deserve to get in the playoffs, and while the NHL is wide-open, it’d be one heck of an upset if they knock off the Predators. Unless Jake Allen catches fire, the Blues aren’t going to have much of a chance. Allen has been cold lately and has shown the inability to play big in big games. There isn’t any reason to believe that he’d show up against the Preds.
He did however play well during a six-game winning streak for the Blues. It’s the only reason we’re talking about them having a chance of the playoffs, but they’re doing a good job of trying to avoid playing spring hockey. Allen goes through hot and cold moments, and is currently icy cold. He certainly doesn’t look like the long term solution in St. Louis. The Blackhawks will attempt to play spoiler again tonight in Chicago. Head below for our free Blues vs. Blackhawks pick.
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks Pick
The Blues seemed to make a wise move going with Allen instead of paying for Brian Elliott. Elliott hasn’t come close to matching the numbers he put up in St. Louis since departing for Calgary and then Philadelphia. However, maybe if he stayed in a familiar setting, his regression in production wouldn’t have occurred. In any case, Allen hasn’t been able to match what Elliott provided to this franchise. He currently holds a 2.76 GAA and 0.906 save percentage. The Blues have allowed at least 4 goals in their last four games for an average of 4.5 goals allowed per game. Allen played in all four games and they will likely ride him again tonight.
Chicago is down to their third-string netminder and they haven’t ben at their best in 2017-18. It wouldn’t be a good look for the Blues if they allow this group to bump them out of the playoffs. The Hawks have been a thorn in the side of the Blues over the years, but they actually had a good team then. Berube will step in for the Blackhawks again tonight. He’s a guy who is finally getting some NHL action, but it isn’t what his team envisioned this year. Berube is starting because of circumstance. He owns a 3.84 GAA and 0.893 save percentage. We cashed an easy one on the OVER in St. Louis and I don’t see much changing in Chicago. I was expecting the odds makers to bump the total up to 6, but we will gladly take the 5.5.