Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues, Wednesday, Las Vegas Odds, NHL Sports Betting, Picks and Predictions

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Chicago at St. Louis, NHL Sports Betting Lines
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
TV: 8 p.m. ET, NHL.TV, NBCSN
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Puck Line Money Line Total
3 Chicago Blackhawks +1½ -275 +104 Ov 5½ +102
4 St. Louis Blues -1½ +230 -115 Un 5½ -113
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The Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Scottrade Center.

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (4-1-1): Brandon Saad has welcomed his second stint in the Windy City with open arms, following up his season-opening hat trick with five more points – including his team-leading sixth goal in Saturday’s 2-1 overtime win over Nashville. The 24-year-old has netted the game-winning tally in all four Chicago victories this season and looks to build off a two-assist performance in his last encounter versus St. Louis. Corey Crawford hasn’t needed much offense this season as the veteran netminder has allowed just one goal in four of his five starts this season to improve his save percentage to a sterling .960.

ABOUT THE BLUES (4-2-0): Vladimir Tarasenko scored his team-leading fourth goal in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Lightning, giving him 14 tallies in his last 20 career meetings (regular season and playoffs) versus the Blackhawks. The Russian joins fellow 25-year-old Jaden Schwartz with points in five of six games this season, with the latter recording multi-point performances in three of those outings. Captain Alex Pietrangelo has matched Schwartz with a team-leading eight points (two goals, six assists) in six games this season, but the former has 14 (four goals, 10 assists) in his last 10 dating to 2016-17.

Oddsmakers opened the Blues as -120-moneyline favorites versus the Blackhawks, while the game’s total opened at 5.5.

A trip to the Sunshine State cast a dark cloud on began as a positive start to the season for the St. Louis Blues. The potential return of Alex Steen could provide just the jolt needed to shock the Blues from their doldrums on Wednesday when they return for a brief pit stop at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.

“He looked good,” St. Louis coach Mike Yeo said of Steen, who has been sidelined since breaking his hand in the preseason. “He’s obviously a big part of our group, a big part of the leadership and then you think about all the intangibles that he brings, special teams, leadership, offensively, defensively, he’s a key guy for us, so we’re anxious to get him back.” Yeo will decide on Steen’s availability following Wednesday’s morning skate for the Blues, who have mustered just three goals in back-to-back losses to Florida and Tampa Bay. Chicago expects to welcome the return of forward Nick Schmaltz from a four-game absence due to a head injury, much to the delight of Patrick Kane. “With us, we were playing together for about a month there, so you really get used to playing with certain guys and certain linemates,” Kane said. “While he was gone I wasn’t very good, so it’ll be nice to have him back.”

The Blues were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Lightning. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -145 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Predators at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at -138 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

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Chicago:
Team record: 4-1-1 SU
Chicago is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Chicago is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games

St. Louis:
Team record: 4-2-0 SU
St. Louis is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis’s last 10 games

Next up:
Chicago home to Edmonton Thursday, October 19
St. Louis at Colorado Thursday, October 19

NHL Hockey Betting Tips

1. Chicago LW Ryan Hartman is tied for the team lead with eight points (two goals, six assists), but has just two (one goal, one assist) in six career encounters with St. Louis.

2. The Blues recorded at least a point in four of six games (3-2-1) last season versus the Blackhawks and thwarted 15 of 17 short-handed attempts.

3. Analyst Ed Olczyk, who is six weeks into a 24-week chemotherapy regimen as he battles colon cancer, will make his return to the NBCSN broadcast.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Chicago Blackhawks will win outright at +104 and the game will go over 5½ goals according to scamdicappersscamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Blackhawks 4, Blues 2 at .

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