Blackhawks vs. Blues Free Pick
ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Blackhawks are slight -105 money line favorites over the Blues, who are -103 on the ML. The total for today's game is sitting at 5.5 goals after the two teams combined to push the total over in Game 1.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Blackhawks opened as -101 money line favorites but their odds have since risen to -105, while the Blues' odds have gone from -107 down to -103. The total has stayed at 5.5.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers that have currently been placed on this game, 70% of bettors favor the Blackhawks. This information is subject to change, however, so click on the link provided for the most updated public betting stats.
NHL FREE PICK: Take St. Louis. According to latest NHL trends, the Blackhawks are now 2-5 in their last seven games versus the Blues and 0-4 in their last four games in St. Louis, including Game 1 on Thursday night. They're also 4-10 in their last 14 games versus Central opponents, 1-8 in their last nine road games and 0-4 in their last four road games versus a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600. On the other side, the Blues are 23-8 in their last 31 games versus the Central and 37-14 in their last 51 home games. They're also likely to get back T.J. Oshie after he missed Game 1, and he'll be the freshest player on the ice if he does suit up. The Blues stole all the momentum in Game 1 and look for them to carry that momentum into today.
2014 NHL PLAYOFFS FREE PICK: ST. LOUIS BLUES -103