Blues vs. Blackhawks - 3/9/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (41-21-5) at St. Louis Blues (38-20-9)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -115 / Chicago Blackhawks +104 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues square off Wednesday at the Scottrade Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 24.1 percent of their power plays. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 38 goals, Artemi Panarin has 37 assists and Jonathan Toews has 153 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 79.4 percent of their power play chances. Corey Crawford has allowed 115 goals on 1,618 shots faced and Scott Darling has given up 39 goals on 446 shots. Crawford has allowed five goals in his last three games.
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The St. Louis Blues look to keep rolling after winning eight of their last 11 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power plays. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 30 goals, Alexander Steen has 30 assists and David Backes has 138 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 86.6 percent of their power play chances. Jake Allen has allowed 83 goals on 1,068 shots faced and Brian Elliott has given up 65 goals on 920 shots. Allen has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Blackhawks are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 21-9 in their last 30 overall. The Blues are 14-6 in their last 20 games playing on 2 days rest and 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win. The Blackhawks are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in St. Louis.
The home team has won 27 of the last 38 meetings between these two teams. The Blackhawks inconsistencies also doesn't help them here. I have to ride the hot hand at home and pick the Blues.