David Perron, Ryan O’Reilly, and the St. Louis Blues will do battle against Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in a Central Division tilt. The opening face-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 8, and it can be caught live on NBC Sports Network.
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks Odds
Playing the role of favorites will be the Blues (-140), whereas the Blackhawks are dogs showing moneyline odds of +120,, and the sports books have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
St. Louis is 40-28 straight up (SU) and has earned 3.9 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 68 regular season contests, 34 of its games have gone over the total, while 32 have gone under and just two have pushed. As a road team in 2019-20, the Blue Notes are 17-17 SU.
St. Louis comes into the match up with the third-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s converted on 24.5 percent of its extra-man advantages this season. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 18th overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all penalties..
With a .911 save percentage and 26.0 saves per game, Jordan Binnington (30-19-7) has been the primary option in goal for St. Louis this season. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, head coach Craig Berube could go with Jake Allen (10-12-3 record, .922 save percentage, 2.31 goals against average).
Chicago is 31-37 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.3 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 68 regular season outings, 34 of its games have gone under the total, while 33 have gone over and just one has pushed. This season, the team’s 15-17 SU at home.
The Blackhawks have converted on just 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 31st in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.2 percent of all penalties.
Corey Crawford has stopped 29.7 shots per game as the top netminder in the crease for the Blackhawks. Crawford has 15 wins, 23 losses, and three OT losses to his credit and has registered a .916 save percentage and 2.81 goals against average this season.
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks Betting Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over
The Blackhawks are 4-4 in games decided by shootout. The Blues are 2-3 in shootouts.
For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their past five outings.
St. Louis has managed 28.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Chicago has been attempting 34.2 shots per game over its last five home outings.
Five of St. Louis’ last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 4-1 in those games.
St. Louis skaters created 22.5 hits per game last season, while the Blackhawks posted 16.5 hits per matchup.