Chicago Blackhawks - St Louis Blues
The Windy City hosts Game 3 of an already engrossing series with the hometown Blackhawks looking to make the first step towards pulling back a 2-0 deficit despite both games going to overtime.
Up by one with four minutes to go, Brent Seabrook's major charging penalty for crushing David Backes put the Blues on the powerplay for the remainder of regulation, it took until the final 10 seconds for them to send it to OT but Vladimir Tarasenko made it count for his captain.
After two periods the Blackhawks were lucky to still be involved, there's no denying they were flustered and the frustration was evident in the penalties they took as well as in their lack of offensive fluidity. Five of their six goals have come from defencemen and more often than not gone in via deflections off members of the Blues rather than intentional turns earned by good positioning in front of the net. That means not a lot is coming from their star forwards but the top units are pretty much cancelling each other out. The second line for St Louis comprising of Vladimir Tarasenko, Vladimir Sobotka and Jaden Schwartz has been the most influential so far.
The exception of the leading men is Alexander Steen, who seems like he's everywhere, and that's because Ken Hitchcock is getting him out there as much as possible, on that amount of ice time alone he's worth backing to score tonight.
It's not about to break apart any time soon so taking the tie is an obvious option for 3.70, with the psychological hold they've gained the Blues at 2.25 including overtime seems a no-brainer.
Dallas Stars - Anaheim Ducks
Tough times in Texas as the Stars are facing the same situation as Chicago. They're down by two games but equally the old adage is nothing is truly wrong until you lose at home.
Its six years since American Airlines Center witnessed a playoff game and the arena is sure to be bouncing, those fans will understand their team has gone toe-to-toe with their higher seeded foes and just not had the bounces.
Anaheim had only two shots on net through the final period but one of them turned out to be a backbreaking shorthanded goal by Andrew Cogliano. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf scored the Ducks other goals on the night, those two were dominant at even strength but both tallies came unassisted off individual mistakes made by their opponents.
All of this is evidence the Stars haven't been too far off and perhaps a home crowd will provide that extra push they need. I think Dallas are worth a shot with odds of 2.40.
Best Bet: St Louis Blues to win including overtime at 2.25