St Louis (3-2) at Chicago (2-3)
When: Saturday, April 23rd 2016
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: NBC
The Chicago Blackhawks return home for a Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues after their double-overtime victory on Thursday staved off elimination. Patrick Kane picked a fine time to score his first goal of this postseason, doing so 3:07 into double overtime to secure Thursday’s 4-3 win for the Blackhawks. Although Kane was able to find the net on Thursday, captain Jonathan Toews still is looking for first goal of the postseason. Toews and Kane assisted on rookie Artemi Panarin’s goal with 0.4 seconds remaining in the second period on Thursday to give Chicago a 3-1 lead. Defenseman Duncan Keith, who leads the team with three goals, skated a game-high 42 minutes on Thursday. Chicago is 8-1 in their last nine elimination games and have won 14 of its last 15 Game 6 contests under coach Joel Quenneville – including eight straight since 2013.
The Blues couldn’t finish the series at home so they will instead head back to Chicago where they won Games 3 and 4. Alex Pietrangelo, who had three assists on Thursday, is tied with the team lead with five points. Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz, who scored in his third straight contest on Thursday to extend his point streak to four games (three goals, two assists), also have five points. Former Blackhawk Troy Brouwer has been held without a point in seven straight contests. St. Louis has scored five power-play goals in the last three games after going 0-for-5 with the man advantage in the previous two. The Blues’ 11 regulation road losses this season were second-lowest in the league behind Washington (10).
The Blues have been great on the road all season and have won both in Chicago already this series, but Chicago is really good with their backs to the wall and I think goalie Corey Crawford comes up big tonight and forces a Game 7.
Pick: Blackhawks -143