Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues - 3/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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St. Louis Blues (40-18-10) at Chicago Blackhawks (31-29-8)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +113 / St. Louis Blues -125 --- Over/Under: 6
The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks meet Sunday in NHL action at the United Center.
The St. Louis Blues look for a win after winning eight of their last nine games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 24.5 percent of their power play opportunities. David Perron leads St. Louis with 25 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 47 assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 212 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 124 goals on 1,396 shots and Jake Allen has allowed 47 goals on 599 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or more goals in 14 of their last 21 games.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 15 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 31 goals, Dominik Kubalik has 16 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 200 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 104 goals on 1,232 shots faced. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 18 games.
The Blues are 7-1 in their last 8 games as a favorite, 5-2 in their last 7 Sunday games and 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Blackhawks are 9-23 in their last 32 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The over is 10-4-1 in Blues last 15 vs. Central. The over is 7-2 in Blackhawks last 9 home games. The home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The St. Louis Blues still have to prove they can find some recent success on the road during this impressive winning stretch, but they're still the team playing head and shoulders the better hockey here, and they've won the last three meetings against the Blackhawks, outscoring them 14-8 during that span. The Chicago Blackhawks continue to run hot and cold and they're a team I still don't trust against the better teams in the league. I'll gladly take the Blues and the cheap price.