St Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 4/5/2014
Sunday, April 6, 12:30 PM on NBC, TSN2
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
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Back on March 16, the St. Louis Blues just couldn't handle the Chicago Blackhawks, who beat them 4-0 in the fourth of five meetings these two teams have this season. The Blues may have the best record in the Western Conference, but they found at least one team that could match up well with them if they meet up in the playoffs.
The Blackhawks weren’t all smiles after beating the top team in the West, though. They found out after the game that the team's top scorer Patrick Kane was going to miss at least three weeks with a leg injury.
The Blackhawks got their first goal through a power-play strike by Duncan Keith with just under a minute left in the first period. Andrew Shaw would double the host's lead at the 15:35 mark of the second period with his 18th goal of the season. The Blackhawks would put the Blues away in the third period through two early goals from Shaw and Ben Smith.
Chicago goalie Corey Crawford was at his best in this one, stopping all 23 shots that he faced for his second shutout of the season. Defenseman Nick Leddy and left wing Patrick Sharp pitched in with two assists apiece in the win.
The Blues' newly-acquired netminder Ryan Miller didn't have his best game in this one, stopping just 23 of the Blackhawks' 27 shots.
St Louis is 24-14 straight up on the road this season
St Louis is 12-20-6 against the over/under on the road this season
Chicago is 25-14 straight up at home this season
Chicago is 16-21-1 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
04/03/14 LW Alexander Steen Upper Body questionable
04/03/14 D Barret Jackman Lower Body questionable
03/16/14 RW Vladimir Tarasenko Hand out indefinitely
01/16/14 RW Jamie Langenbrunner None has retired
11/16/13 GO Nikolai Khabibulin Rotator Cuff out 4-5 months
11/05/13 C Brad Mills Ankle out indefinitely
04/04/14 D Johnny Oduya Lower Body questionable
04/04/14 D Michal Rozsival Lower Body questionable
04/02/14 C Jonathan Toews Upper Body expected to miss the rest of the regular season
03/20/14 RW Patrick Kane Knee expected to miss 2-3 weeks
Tony's Pick: Take Chicago
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