Chicago needed overtime to beat divisional rivals in what is probably the last game they play as teams from the same conference. St. Louis saw its winning streak coming to an end at Columbus and now tries to do the same by stopping the Blackhawks in their track with a victory at Scottrade Center.
Match: St Louis vs Chicago
Bet: Chicago Moneyline
Odds: William Hill 2.00
Chicago has firmly established itself as the dominant force in the central division and has already secured a playoff spot. The only challenge is to win the President’s trophy, awarded to the team who finishes with the best percentage in regulation time and the Blackhawks are favorites to do that. They have six more points than Pittsburgh and a game in hand, not to mention that the remaining games appear to be slightly easier than those the Penguins have to play.
Right now they need to defeat another divisional rival, and this time the Blackhawks travel to Scottrade Center to face the red-hot St. Louis. The Blues won six games in a row before Columbus scored four against them, and despite their recent run they’re not out of the woods yet. On one hand, they are only two points short of tying Los Angeles Kings for the fourth place and secure home ice advantage in the first playoffs round. On the other, Dallas is lurking five points behind them and St. Louis, could easily find itself out of the playoffs if they lose a few of the remaining games.
The Blackhawks were unable to defeat Detroit in regulation time despite having home ice advantage, so it makes perfect sense for punters to be cautious tonight. A Moneyline bet is the safest choice, but those who trust Chicago to prevail in 60 min. could raise the antes by taking William Hill’s odds of 2.60.