Can Blackhawks even up quarters with Blues?

Can Blackhawks even up quarters with Blues?

Sometimes it takes a fluky goal to finally gain the upper hand on a seemingly impenetrable rival.

No one’s guaranteeing the Blues a first-round triumph over the Blackhawks based on David Backes’ crazy Game 1 winner, but Wednesday’s 1-0 result in overtime was wholly necessary for the home team. St. Louis can head to the United Center with a 2-0 series lead if it simply takes care of business this evening.

According to online sports book Bovada.lv, Ken Hitchcock’s team enjoys odds of -130 to do precisely that. Chicago, in the rare position of playing from behind, is a very slight underdog.

Bet on Tonight's NHL Action

Two nights ago, a 69-minute stalemate between the two Central Division rivals ended when Backes’ pass deflected off Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk’s skate and past netminder Corey Crawford. The goal gave Brian Elliott the win in his playoff nod since 2013. St. Louis’ goalie made 35 saves and generally looked the part of a guy who went 12-1-1 with a 1.90 GAA down the stretch.

Collectively, though, the Note’s scoring chances were sporadic. Crawford only had to stop 17 shots, and he’ll get a big boost with the return of Duncan Keith. (The All-Star just completed a suspension for high-sticking Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle.) Can sniper extraordinaire Vladimir Tarasenko weave through the Blackhawks’ blue line and make a larger impact for three periods? Will the prodigious second line of Paul Stastny, Robby Fabbri and Troy Brouwer be held in check again?

NHL Quick Links: Free Matchup Reports | Injuries | Odds Comparison | Scoreboard | Betting Trends

The Blues pride themselves on rolling four forward groups. Regardless of what the scoreboard said at the conclusion of the first affair, however, Chicago prevailed in the area of balance. Fully cognizant of the fact that St. Louis boasts three consecutive victories, we still like the defending Stanley Cup champion to knot up the proceedings going to the Windy City.

FRIDAY NHL FREE PICK: BLACKHAWKS +1.5

Want More From TheSpread.com? Follow on Twitter and Facebook or Subscribe to Our News Feeds!

Recent NHL Discussions

How many more are like this on Wed, Mar 2021 by Surfer
Saturday Sharp Action NHL on Sat, Jan 2021 by Jimmythegreek
NHL STARS on Wed, Sep 2020 by iceman17
Chicago Blackhawks on Sat, Aug 2020 by Surfer
Loading...

NHL Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Avalanche vs. Blues NHL Prediction The Avalanche and Blues will meet in a pivotal matchup on Wednesday night in St. Louis at 7:30 p.m. ET. Colorado has owned the Blues but are the Aves the best play...
Thumbnail Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens NHL Prediction The over has been profitable in previous meetings between the Maple Leafs and Canadiens but with the total sitting at 6 goals tonight in Montreal, is the...
Thumbnail Rangers vs. Islanders NHL Prediction In-state rivals will meet again this week when the Rangers visit the Islanders at 7:00 p.m. ET. After the Rangers won the first meeting this week, will the...
Thumbnail Wild vs. Blues NHL Prediction After spanking the Wild on Friday night in St. Louis, the Blues will look to do the same again on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET. Will Minnesota respond with a better effort or is...
Thumbnail Wild vs. Blues NHL Prediction A crucial game in the Honda West Division will take place on Friday night in St. Louis where the Blues will host the Wild at 8:00 p.m. ET. After snapping their...

NHL Headlines