Chicago will be a slight favorite at SBG and should get the bulk of the action from those making an NHL bet.
Close Wins – Although the Blackhawks are winning, they are not dominating. The last three Chicago wins have all been by a single goal. The Blackhawks got a 2-1 shootout win on Wednesday against Vancouver. The goaltending were very good in regulation but they were poor in the shootout. The Blackhawks got goals from Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane in the shootout.
Quick Rematch – The Blackhawks and Blues played on Monday and the Blues had things well in hand as they were up 2-0 with less than seven minutes left. Marian Hossa scored twice though and the game went into overtime and Sharp scored for Chicago as the Blackhawks got the come from behind win.
Blues Unbeaten at Home – The Blues have not played since Monday and they will be happy to get back home. They are 2-0 at home and have outscored opponents 7-2. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak has stopped 42 of 44 shots on home ice.
Friday Betting Stats – The Blackhawks are 14-4 in their last 18 road games. The Blackhawks are 6-2 in their last 8 Friday games. The Blackhawks are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. the Central. The Blues are 8-0 in their last 8 home games. The Blues are 10-3 in their last 13 Friday games. The Blues are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. the Central. In this series, the Blackhawks are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. St. Louis has been tough at home though so perhaps the Blackhawks string of success vs. the Blues ends on Friday.
Total Trends – The Over is 22-7-2 in the Blackhawks last 31 road games. The Under is 7-3-1 in the Blackhawks last 11 vs. the Central. In this series, eight of the last 11 have gone under in NHL betting so making an NHL bet on the under may be the way to go in this game.