Two teams facing each other for the third time this season, the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues collide at the Enterprise Center. This divisional matchup will get started at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 25, and it can be viewed live on NBC Sports Network.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues Odds
Chicago (+165) is playing the role of underdog to St. Louis (-190) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-125 for the over, +105 for the under).
Earning moneyline bettors 1.9 units, the Blues are 36-27 straight up (SU) overall in the 2019-20 season. That win percentage, the third-best in the Central Division so far this season, is right in line with what the team produced during the 2018-19 season (45-37). Of its 63 games this season, 31 have gone over the total, while 30 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team’s 20-11 SU at home this season.
St. Louis has connected on 23.5 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 15th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.2 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, STL has been penalized 3.4 times per game overall this season, and 4.2 per game over its past ten games. The team’s had to stave off opposition power plays for just 8.0 minutes per game over its last five outings, in total.
Boasting a .913 save percentage and 26.2 saves per game, Jordan Binnington (27 wins, 18 losses, and seven OT losses) has been the top goalkeeper for the Blues this year. If head coach Craig Berube chooses to give him the evening off, however, the Blue Notes could go with Jake Allen (9-12-12 record, .923 save percentage, 2.29 goals against average).
The Blue Notes will continue to lean on the leadership via David Perron and Ryan O’Reilly. Perron (57 points) has produced 24 goals and 33 assists and has recorded two or more points in 11 different games this year. O’Reilly has 11 goals and 43 assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in 35 contests.
Chicago has lost 2.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 27-35 straight up (SU). A total of 32 of its matches have gone under the total, while 29 have gone over and just one has pushed. Chicago’s 14-18 SU as the visiting team this season.
Chicago has converted on just 14.1 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 31st in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 10th overall and it’s successfully defended 82.1 percent of all penalties.
Chicago’s players have been called for penalties 3.4 times per game in total this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five road outings. The team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 6.0 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Robin Lehner (.918 save percentage and 3.01 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Chicago. Lehner is averaging 32.1 saves per game and owns a 16-17-6 record.
Patrick Kane (27 goals, 50 assists) has been one of the top playmaking threats for the visiting Blackhawks.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues Betting Predictions
Free Pick: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over
St. Louis is 1-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Chicago is 3-4 in shootouts.
Four of St. Louis’ last five games gone under the total.
St. Louis has allowed 2.8 goals per game overall this season, but is allowing just 0.5 per contest across its four-game winning streak.
Five of Chicago’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-4 in those games.
Chicago skaters have dished out the league’s 10th-most hits per game (22.7), but the team’s averaged just 15.0 hits over their last five away games.