St. Louis Blues (31-24-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (38-18-5)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 26, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -150 / St. Louis Blues +136 --- Over/Under: 5
The St. Louis Blues head to the United Center to face the Chicago Blackhawks in Sunday NHL hockey.
The St. Louis Blues come out of their bye week on Sunday hoping to avoid the rusty play that most teams have displayed following the extended time off. The Blues will be looking to get back in the win column following a 2-1 loss at home versus the visiting Florida Panthers. It was a tough way to lose, especially with extra time to think about it as the Panthers Vincent Trocheck netted the game winner with less then five seconds left in regulation. Jonathan Marchessault also lit the lamp to make James Reimer’s 26 saves a winning performance. Kyle Brodziak tallied for the Blues with Jake Allen making 31 stops as St. Louis has dropped back to back contests.
The Chicago Blackhawks have suddenly come to life and are now giving the Minnesota Wild some competition for supremacy in the division and Western Conference. The Blackhawks doubled up visiting Arizona 6-3 on Thursday for their 8th win in nine contests to pull within three points of the Wild. Patrick Kane led the offensive assault with a hat trick while Nick Schmaltz, Michal Rozival and Ryan Hartman also found the back of the net. Jonathan Toews logged a pair of helpers to help Hawks goalie Corey Crawford get the win on 34 stops. The Coyotes offense came off the sticks of Ryan White, Radim Vrbata and Jakob Chychrun with Mike Smith stopping 23 shots in a losing effort.
The Blues are 5-0 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and the over is 4-0 in Blues last 4 vs. Western Conference while the over is 4-0-1 in Blues last 5 vs. Central. The over is 3-0-2 in Blackhawks last 5 Sunday games and the Blackhawks are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Central while the over is 8-0 in Blackhawks last 8 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. The over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings in Chicago and the over is 5-1-4 in the last 10 meetings while the Blues are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago.
The trends favor the Blues and the over but I’m concerned about the layoff for St. Louis and for now will lean over until goalies are confirmed…