A couple of teams facing each other for the first time this season, the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks collide at the United Center. The game will get started at 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday, December 2, and you will be able to watch this divisional matchup live on Fox Sports Midwest.
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks Odds
St. Louis (-130) is currently the favorite over Chicago (+110), and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.
St. Louis is 17-11 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 3.3 units this season. Through 28 regular season contests, 16 of its games have gone under the total, while 12 have gone over and none have pushed. The Blue Notes are 9-5 SU on the road in 2019-20.
St. Louis has converted on 25.3 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s good enough for fifth-best in the league. Its penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 85.0 percent of all penalties.
The Blue Notes, as a collective unit, have been sent to the penalty box just 3.3 times per game overall in the 2019-20 season, and 2.6 per game over its last five games. The team has had to kill penalties just 6.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Boasting a .926 save percentage and 28.6 saves per game, Jordan Binnington (13-8-4) has been the best option in goal for St. Louis this season. If St. Louis chooses to rest him, however, the team could roll with Jake Allen (4-3-2), who has a .914 save percentage and 2.68 goals against average this year.
David Perron and Ryan O’Reilly will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Blues. Perron (27 points) has tallied 11 goals and 16 assists, and has recorded multiple points five times. O’Reilly has six goals and 20 assists to his credit (and has registered at least one point in 14 games).
On the other bench, Chicago is 10-16 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 15 of its matches have gone under the total, while 10 have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 7-8 SU as the home team this season.
The Blackhawks have converted on just 13.6 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 20th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.5 percent of all penalties.
The Blackhawks have been penalized 3.5 times per game this season, 3.8 per game over their past five match ups total, and 3.4 per game over their last five at home. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays 8.8 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Robin Lehner has stopped 31.7 shots per game as the primary option in goal for the Blackhawks. Lehner has five wins, nine losses, and four OT losses and has recorded a .929 save percentage and 2.69 goals against average this season.
Patrick Kane (14 goals, 19 assists) will pace the offensive counter for the Hawks.
St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks Free Picks
NHL Tip: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over
Each team is 0-3 in games decided by shootout.
Three of Chicago’s last five games gone under the total.
Six of St. Louis’ last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 4-2 in those games.
The Blackhawks this season have registered the seventh-most hits per game in the NHL (26.0).