NHL | Apr 15, 2016
Blackhawks vs. Blues
Play: Blackhawks +105 at 5DIMES
I’m backing the Chicago Blackhawks in game-2 on Friday night. The Hawks dominated SOG in game-1, sending 35 shots at Brian Elliott, while allowing just 18. Chicago had their chances, but couldn’t find the back of the net and lost 1-0 in OT when a bouncing puck in front of their net went off a Chicago defenseman’s skate and landed behind Corey Crawford for the game winning goal.
Our choice is to decide whether or not Elliott is going to stand on his head between the pipes in this series, or if Chicago’s somewhat dominant SOG attack last time out translates into a road win and an evening of the series. The Blues were definitely the more physical team delivering the majority of the hits on Wednesday, but Chicago isn’t fazed by this fact and in spots where Kane and Jonathan Toews were denied, I expect to see the puck in the back of the net if they get the same chances on Friday.
The bottom line: The Blues will be hard-pressed to stop the Hawks’ talented attack for a second straight night and we’ll back the road team.
I’m recommending a play on the Blackhawks on Friday.
Thanks & GL!