The Chicago Blackhawks (10-21-1) travel to face off against the St. Louis Blues (16-15-1) on Saturday, December 23rd. This game will be played at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The Blues are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Blackhawks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Canadiens. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues
The Chicago Blackhawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Blackhawks have a mark of 10-21-1. When going on the road, Chicago has a record of 4-12-0 record, while they are 6-9-1 at their home arena. In the Western Central division, they are currently 8th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 15th. This season, Chicago’s average scoring margin is -1.3, which has their puck line record at 15-17. Their average home scoring margin is -0.6, and in road games, it stands at -1.9.
The Blackhawks are looking to bounce back from a 5-2 loss at home to the Canadiens. Offensively, the Blackhawks scored one goal in the first period and one time in the second period. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 21 shots on goal and had 13 turnovers.
Chicago took a loss against the puck line, going into the game as the favorites with a -1.5-point advantage. With a combined total of 7 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6 goals set for the game.
The St. Louis Blues Are Coming Off A Win
So far this season, the Blues have an overall record of 16-15-1. Currently, they are 9-5-0 at home and carry a two game home win streak into the game. Their current record places them 6th in the Western Central division and 9th in the Western conference. St. Louis’ average scoring difference this season sits at -0.4, which has contributed to their overall puck line record of 16-16. When playing at home, they have a scoring margin of +.2, and on the road, it is -0.9.
The Blues most recently took on the Panthers and secured a win with a score of 4-1. Offensively, the Blues couldn’t break through in the first period, but they scored three times in the second period and one goal in the third. All four goals came at even strength. They finished with 24 shots on goal and had 5 turnovers.
Going into the game, St. Louis was the underdog, giving them a win vs. the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 6.5, and it concluded with a combined total of 5 goals.
Chicago Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Blackhawks have an average of 2.3 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 30th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 30th in the league. In terms of the Blackhawks’ offense during power plays, they are 28th in power play goals and 27th in shorthanded goals.
The Blackhawks come in with an over/under record of 13-17-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 19 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6 per game.
St. Louis Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Blues come in averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, which is 26th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 20th in the league. This year, the Blues have recorded a 7-6 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 8-8 record.
This season, the Blues’ have an over/under record of 12-18-2. Throughout the season, they have played 20 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.
Chicago Team Defense
The Blackhawks defense is currently 9th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 32.3 shots per game against Chicago. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 19th with 1 shutouts.
St. Louis Team Defense
St. Louis defense takes on the Blackhawks ranked 8th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 32.2 shots per game against St. Louis. They alsso are 15th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Blackhawks vs Blues Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Blackhawks have a straight up record of 1-9 while going 2-8 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 1 goals per game in these contests.
- Through their last ten home games, St. Louis has an puck line record of just 5-5. However, their overall record was 5-5 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Blues have a straight up record of 6-4 and an puck line mark of 6-4.
- As the betting favorite, the Blackhawks have an puck line mark of just 1-2 in their last three games. Chicago posted a straight up mark of 1-2 in these matchups.
Blackhawks vs Blues Prediction
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Blackhawks to pick up on a win over the Blues and the road. With the moneyline sitting at +189, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Blackhawks straight-up.
Our projections have the Blackhawks pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Blackhawks, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
With an over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.
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