What should be the best series of the first round in the NHL playoffs have the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues going at it in game two, this Saturday at 3 PM ET at Scottrade Center.
The Blues won 4-3 in overtime in game one of the series with a score by Alexander Steen, 26 second into the third OT. It was the longest playoff game in Blues history.
“It’s big. We want to start this series off on a good note,” Steen said. “Especially at home in front of our fans.”
The Blackhawks are the team with experience in these types of situations; they are far from panicking with that loss. “I think the big thing for us is we have to realize it’s only one game and we’ve got a quick turnaround coming back,” Hawks Patrick Kane said. “That’s the best part about it, we get right back at it.”
“We’ve got to move ahead,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “We knew it was going to be a tough series from the start. We almost got through it.”
The NHL odds for game two has the Blues listed -106 in the money line to win it, and the Blackhawks are -104; the game total is at five goals.
Chicago is 9-7-0 straight up against St. Louis over the last 3 seasons, and 8 of 16 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons.