The Blackhawks vs. Blues live stream online and televised Game 5 coverage for their NHL Playoffs 2016 series resumes Thursday night. While Chicago had been a favorite to win the championship this year, tonight could be their last appearance of the postseason. The defending champions currently find themselves down 3-1 to St. Louis, a team they handled several years ago. The Blackhawks will also be without one of their key players due to a suspension. Can they weather the storm that is the Blues, or will the reigning champs find themselves eliminated from Stanley Cup contention? Game 5 of the Chicago vs St. Louis NHL live streaming and televised playoffs game comes via NBC Sports networks.
On April 21, USA Today reported that Chicago is resorting to a strategy of using their two best offensive players on the same line for tonight’s “must win” game in St. Louis. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will both be on the top line together. Coming into tonight’s game, neither player has scored a goal in the series, but they’ve combined for six assists. With both on the same line, combined with the urgency of needing to stave off elimination, possibly they’ll erupt at just the right time on the ice. They’ll need it with the recent suspension of forward Andrew Shaw who has two goals in the series.
Shaw finds himself suspended after using a homophobic slur towards a referee. He has a total of four points for Chicago and as Patrick Kane summed up, “You could say he’s been our most impressive forward in the series. He creates a lot of havoc. We will miss him a lot. He is a passionate kid. He plays the game that way.” Shaw had an early goal in Game 4 to tie things at 1-1 and then assisted on the two other goals, both of which were scored by Duncan Keith. Ultimately, the Blackhawks fell 4-3 at home, with Vladimir Tarasenko able to score on them twice and a third period power play goal via Jaden Schwartz the difference maker.
For tonight’s fifth game of the series, St. Louis is a -125 to -130 home favorite, while Chicago is +105 to +110 on the moneyline as underdogs. The over/under goals total is at five goals for the game, as it has been in the previous meetings. On the future odds, the Blackhawks have fallen from being second overall to being tied for ninth with the New York Rangers at 18 to 1. St. Louis has moved way up to being tied for second overall with the Dallas Stars with odds of 11 to 2. The Washington Capitals continue to lead all teams with 11 to 4 odds to win the Stanley Cup.
Thursday night’s Game 5 with the St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Live television coverage of the game is available on CSNChicago locally, or on NBC Sports Network nationally. For the live streaming online feed, U.S. cable and satellite viewers should log into the NBC Sports Live Extra website or apps. Live game audio is available for Sirius XM Satellite Radio listeners on channel 220 for the Blues or Internet channel 927 for the Blackhawks.