There are a lot of labels placed on players and teams in professional sports, but there may be none more damning than the “choker” label. This suggests that the team in question does not have the intestinal fortitude to get the job done, even when it appears that they hold all the cards. That label has been applied to the St. Louis Blues in the playoffs for a few years now, as they have spent the last few season failing to live up to expectations in the postseason. They had the chance to erase that by knocking off the defending Stanley Cup champions in the opening round, and they certainly made the perfect start by taking a 3-1 series lead. A victory by the Blackhawks in OT in Game 5 has the choker chatter starting up again, and if the Blues cannot get the job done in Game 6 in Chicago on Saturday, that chatter is going to turn into a full-on roar. You can wager on this critical playoff game at MyBookie.ag’s NHL betting odds page.
How To Bet The Blues vs Blackhawks NHL Playoffs Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Saturday, April 23 at 8 PM EST
Where: United Center, Chicago
NHL Odds: TBA
Why bet on the St. Louis Blues
In fairness, it’s a little unfair to talk about this team choking when they still have a pretty serious upper hand in the series. This was always one that looked as though it was going to take all 7 game to decide, and the fact that the Blues still have 2 shots, including one on home ice, to kill the series tells you just how good a position they are in. They already have a win in the Windy City in this series, so there is no reason to believe that they cannot go in there and take out the champion in their own building. The incentive to do that is great, as it would mean that they get to move on, and perhaps shake off the choker label at the same time.
Why bet on the Chicago Blackhawks
Champions just don’t go down without a fight, and the Blackhawks certainly proved that in Game 5. Having to go into hostile territory needing to win in order to stay alive would be enough to cripple many teams, but Chicago found a way to get it done, with Patrick Kane coming up with the winning goal in OT. Given the playoff success of this team over the past couple of years, it’s fair to say that they know better than most just how the momentum of a series can swing in the opposite direction based on a single goal. There is still a lot of work to be done, but has that OT winner shifted that momentum to the Chicago side?
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
You had better believe that the United Center is going to be rocking when the Blackhawks hit the ice on Saturday night. I think the champions live to fight another day, and that we will get yet another 1-goal game decision.
St. Louis Blues 2 Chicago Blackhawks 3