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NHL Playoff Betting: St. Louis Hopes to Avoid Singing Blues in NHL Playoffs

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The St. Louis Blues fell just short of winning the Western Conference during the regular season, but now they'll turn their attention to the playoffs and try to pay off for supporters on the Stanley Cup odds over the next two months.
 
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Anyone who grabbed the Blues as a big long shot at Bovada early this season has to be excited about their chances of a big payout this spring right now, as the Blues righted their ship behind head coach Ken Hitchcock and went 49-22-11 for 109 points and a Central Division crown.
 
First up for St. Louis in the playoffs this week will be the San Jose Sharks, who edged the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in overtime on Saturday night to earn the conference's seventh seed with 96 points. San Jose and St. Louis met four times during the regular season and the Blues won all four of those contests while holding the Sharks to just three total goals.
 
Los Angeles' loss on Saturday puts them into a matchup with the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks this week, who are also atop the Western Conference teams on the NHL futures. The defending conference champions hoping to get forward Daniel Sedin back from his head injury for the playoffs. Canucks GM Mike Gillis said last week that he expects Sedin to be on the ice at the outset of the postseason.
 
The Phoenix Coyotes won the Pacific Division crown during the regular season with 97 points, but they now have to face a sixth-seeded Chicago Blackhawks team in the first round that racked up 101 points. The Coyotes went 3-1 against Chicago this season.
 
Finally, the four vs. five matchup in the Western Conference has the Nashville Predators taking on the Detroit Red Wings, with the Preds edging the Wings by two points in the standings to earn home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Detroit has lost two straight games to Nashville, and went just 17-21-3 on the road this season.
 
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