The Blackhawks vs. Blues live stream online and televised 2016 NHL Playoffs Game 2 takes place on Friday night with the reigning champions looking to even the series at 1-1. St. Louis was able to grab the first game in overtime 1-0, thanks to their dominating physical presence at home. They’ll look to continue that trend in this latest game if possible, to give themselves a comfortable lead heading to Chicago. Blues Head coach Ken Hitchcock has also indicated he wants things even more physical tonight. The Blackhawks vs. Blues Game 2 live streaming and TV coverage comes via the NBC Sports Network on Friday evening.
According to CBS Sports in an April 15 report, the Blues are employing a “hit everybody” strategy to take down the defending champions and recorded a total of 41 hits in their opening Game 1 win. However, coach Ken Hitchock believes according to team stats they had closer to 57 hits. He also wants his team to get even more in their next game. It’s been pointed out though that Chicago controlled 71 percent of shot attempts at five-on-five during the 0-0 game. That seems to indicate one team was playing to win, while the other may have been playing to destroy all opposition on the ice.
Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville was informed of the opposing coach’s comments to try to get 70 hits in this upcoming game. He said via Chicago Tribune “I hope he tries to go to 70. It means we have the puck the whole [game].” The Blues also had 35 total saves from goalkeeper Brian Elliott, in place of the injured Jake Allen, showing the defense was on point. They’ll need to attempt to score in the next game though if they want to win. In the first game, it was less of a shot and more of a pass that went in to Chicago’s goal. David Backes’ attempted pass ended up deflecting off Trevor van Rimesdyk’s skate past Corey Crawford for the win, but they won’t be able to rely on that luck continuously against a team like the defending champs.
The odds for tonight’s game have St. Louis priced anywhere from -110 to -120 on the moneyline as the favorites. Chicago is priced between +100 and +109 at various books as tonight’s underdog. The over/under goals total is set at five goals for the game, as with pretty much all of the ongoing series with the exception of the Rangers vs. Pittsburgh. On the future odds, Chicago is still second overall for favorites to win the Stanley Cup Finals, with odds of 13 to 2. The St. Louis Blues are currently at 9 to 1 odds to hoist the Stanley Cup this postseason.
Friday night’s Blackhawks vs. Blues Game 2 of their first round NHL Playoffs series is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Live television coverage will be available in the United States on the NBC Sports Network channel. Live streaming online coverage of the game will be available to U.S. cable and satellite viewers on the NBC Sports Live Extra website or compatible mobile apps. For live audio commentary, Sirius XM Satellite Radio listeners should check out premium channel 220 for St. Louis coverage or Internet channel 927 for Chicago coverage at 8 p.m. ET.