The Chicago Blackhawks, spearheaded by Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, are set to take the ice against David Perron, Ryan O’Reilly, and the St. Louis Blues at the Enterprise Center in a divisional tilt. The opening face-off takes place at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 25, and you’ll be able to catch the game live on NBC Sports Network.
Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues Odds
The Blues (-190) are favored over the Blackhawks (+165) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -125 for the over and +105 for the under.
St. Louis is 36-27 straight up (SU) and has netted 1.9 units for moneyline bettors this season. That win percentage, the third-best in the Central Division so far this season, hasn’t moved much from what the team produced during last year’s regular season (45-37). Through 63 regular season outings, 31 of its games have gone over the total, while 30 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 20-11 SU at home this year.
The Blues have been able to convert on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for sixth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 15th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.2 percent of all penalties.
With a .913 save percentage and 26.2 saves per game, Jordan Binnington (27-18-7) has been the primary option in goal for the Blue Notes this season. If head coach Craig Berube decides to give him a breather, however, St. Louis may turn to Jake Allen (9-12-12 record, .923 save percentage, 2.29 goals against average).
Over on the other bench, Chicago is 27-35 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 62 regular season contests, 32 of its games have gone under the total, while 29 have gone over and just one has pushed. As an away team, the Blackhawks are 14-18 SU.
The Blackhawks have converted on just 14.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 31st in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 10th overall and it’s successfully defended 82.1 percent of all opponent power plays.
Robin Lehner (.918 save percentage and 3.01 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Chicago. Lehner is averaging 32.1 saves per game and owns a 16-17-6 record.
Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues Betting Predictions
Pick: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over
- The Blackhawks are 3-4 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Blues are 1-3 in shootouts.
- The total has gone under in four of St. Louis’ last five outings.
- Five of Chicago’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-4 in those games.
- Chicago skaters have dished out the 10th-most hits in the league (22.7 per game), but that number’s down to just 15.0 hits over their last five away games.