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St. Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks 12/29/22 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Chicago Blackhawks (8-21-4) vs. St. Louis Blues (16-16-3)
December 29, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: St. Louis Blues -278 / Chicago Blackhawks +215; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues meet in NHL action from the Enterprise Center on Thursday night.

The Chicago Blackhawks will look to rebound from a 3-0 loss to Carolina last time out. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 25 points coming with a team-high 20 assists while Jonathan Toews has 20 points with 11 goals. Max Domi also has 23 points with a team-high 11 goals and 12 assists as well this season. Petr Mrazek has gone 2-9-1 with a 4.13 GAA and an .881 save percentage while Arvid Soderblom is 2-10-2 with a 3.45 GAA and an .894 save percentage in goal for Chicago this season.

The St. Louis Blues will be out to snap a three-game losing skid after a 5-4 OT loss to Toronto in their last game. Robert Thomas has 32 points with 8 goals and 24 assists. Jordan Kyrou has 33 points split between 17 goals and 16 assists and Brayden Schenn has 27 points with 7 goals and 20 assists. Pavel Buchnevich also has 27 points with 15 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 29 points with 10 goals and 19 assists this season. Jordan Binnington’s seen the action in goal for St. Louis up to this point in the season with a record of 12-11-3 along with a 3.20 GAA and a .895 save percentage this season.

Chicago is 10-42 in their last 52 division games and 14-41 in their last 55 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. St. Louis is 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 87-37 in their last 124 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games against the Western Conference.

I get the case to be made for an underdog in some spots, but I’m leaning towards the Blues here. It’ll be interesting to see if a guy like Alex Stalock can help salvage something between the pipes for a clearly frustrated Blackhawks team, but until I see the Blackhawks deliver, I’m not buying it. The Blues continue to be streaky, but it only takes one win to start a new streak and I think the Blues get it here. Give me the Blues -1.5.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: St. Louis -1.5

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