Despite outshooting the Dallas Stars 39-19, the Boston Bruins failed to win last night. Rask played a horrible game, saving only 14 shots of 19. Not sure what to think of that team, or Rask for that matter. It wasn’t like the Bruins were bad on defense, teams typically hit the net an average of around 30 times a game. Boston held the Stars to under that by more than 10. Pretty pathetic effort by a guy that was regarded as the best goalie in the league the last few years. Not sure what is up with him, but we’ll see how he progresses through the next weeks. Maybe there is an injury we don’t know about it? Whatever it is, he hasn’t looked himself for the greater majority of this season. It is hard to be on the side in a game where they severely outplayed the opposition and still come up with a loss. But it is also hard to lose to a 21 with a 20 in blackjack. That is gambling sometimes. I don’t know if I have lost a hockey bet in which the losing team had 39 shots to the other teams 19 and still lost, though. Especially disappointing when it is in the midst of a bad stretch. Seguin ended up going for a hat-trick on his former team in the 5-3 victory.
Today we look at a matchup that features a team that is epitome of a playoff team and another that couldn’t win a playoff game if they paid the refs off. Is the Chicago Blackhawks run over after they lost some solid role players in the offseason? They still have their playmakers there, including Jonathan Toews and Pat Kane, but a lot is missed in how valuable role players are on a team. The St. Louis Blues have gotten off to a season in typical Blues fashion: a good start. However, they fit in the category of playoff duds. Like the Anaheim Ducks, I don’t trust them at all when it comes postseason time. You can add the Washington Capitals to that discussion as well. If we’re looking at the teams as they are, I think the Blues have the better team. But you just get this feeling the Blackhawks will be right there again come spring time. The Minnesota Wild are well aware of what I’m talking about.
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks Pick
The good news for the Blackhawks is that it looks like Pat Kanes’ rape case is going to get tossed out of course. The off the ice distractions haven’t seemed to be impacting him too much, if at all, as he is 6th in the NHL in goal scoring. The bad news is that the Blackhawks are 7-5. Not the worst by any stretch of the imagination, but there are clear deficiencies with their team this season. They just don’t seem to have the same edge and confidence I have seen from them. However, that could most certainly be a different story come 2016.
The Hawks are averaging only 2.33 goals per game, but their defense has been flawless as well as Corey Crawford in net, as he has posted a 1.79 GAA thus far. It seems a bit silly that there was a goaltending controversy for the Blackhawks in the playoffs last year. It is like Crawford took that as motivation and he hasn’t slowed down yet. Overall, the Blackhawks have allowed 2.17 goals per game, which is tied with the St. Louis Blues on the season. The Blues are 5-0-1 to the UNDER in their last six games. Their last two matchups have resulted in 2-1 finals, I see something similar happening today.
PICK: UNDER 5 GOALS (-110)