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The Chicago Blackhawks will be in a familiar spot Monday in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series with the St. Louis Blues.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks have rebounded yet again from an early series deficit and will try to win their sixth playoff road game in eight attempts at St. Louis in a pick ’em betting matchup at most sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark.
Chicago knocked out a higher-seeded Blues team two years ago in the first round after dropping the first two games on the road and also beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 in Game 7 on the road during last year’s Western Conference Final to overcome a 3-2 series deficit.
The Blackhawks are 2-2 in Game 7s under head coach Joel Quenneville and improved to 15-1 in Game 6s following a 6-3 rout of St. Louis at home Saturday.
They are also 45-15 in Games 4-7 with Quenneville thanks to clutch play from their top players, including leading scorer Patrick Kane, who scored his first goal in Game 6 to help the team pay off on the NHL betting lines.
This is the third time the Blues, after leading 3-1, will have an opportunity to advance past Chicago in this series and get to the second round for the first time since 2013.
St. Louis defenseman Alex Pietrangelo had been one of the team’s best players before he gave the Blackhawks some bulletin board material when he told reporters, “It’s going to be fun to win it in Chicago.” Now, Pietrangelo will need to have one of his best games to make sure Chicago is not celebrating another comeback on his home ice.
The Blackhawks trailed Game 6 at home 3-1 after the first period before scoring five unanswered goals, including three in the second to retake the lead.
They had scored the first goal as well but surrendered three straight to the Blues within a five-minute stretch to make Pietrangelo’s statement look valid early on.
In order for the home team to win for the third time in the series, St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott will need to recover from giving up nine goals in the past two games, including four in a 4-3 double-overtime loss in Game 5 on Thursday.
The road team is 9-5 in the past 14 meetings, according to the Odds Shark NHL Database, and had won four in a row in this series before Chicago ended that streak.