Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and the Chicago Blackhawks will do battle against David Perron, Ryan O’Reilly, and the St. Louis Blues at the Enterprise Center in a Central Division showdown. The match will get underway at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 25, and it can be viewed live on NBC Sports Network.
Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues Odds
Playing the role of favorites will be the Blues (-190), while the Blackhawks are showing moneyline odds of +165,, and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-125 money on the over, +105 on the under) at Draftkings Sportsbook.
Earning moneyline bettors 1.9 units, St. Louis is 36-27 straight up (SU) overall this year. That win percentage, the third-best in the Central Division so far in the early season, hasn’t moved much from what the team produced during last year’s regular 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 is 20-11 SU at home this season.
The Blues have converted on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 15th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.2 percent of all penalties.
Averaging 26.2 saves per game with a .913 save percentage, Jordan Binnington (27-18-7) has been the most dependable goalkeeper for the Blue Notes this season. If head coach Craig Berube chooses to give him the night off, however, the team could turn to Jake Allen (9-12-12 record, .923 save percentage, 2.29 goals against average).
Chicago has lost 2.7 units for moneyline bettors this year and is currently 27-35 straight up (SU). Through 62 regular season matches, 32 of its games have gone under the total, while 29 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Blackhawks are 14-18 SU as the visiting team this season.
The Blackhawks have converted on just 14.1 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark 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 opponent power plays.
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 has 16 wins, 17 losses, and six OT losses to his credit.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues Free Picks
NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over
The Blues are 1-3 in games that go to shootout. The Blackhawks are 3-4 in shootouts.
The total has gone under in four of St. Louis’ last five outings.
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 accounted for the 10th-most hits in the league (22.7 per game), but the team’s recorded just 15.0 hits over their last five away games.