The St. Louis Blues (13-12-1) travel to face off against the Chicago Blackhawks (8-16-1) on Saturday, December 9th. This game will be played at United Center in Chicago and televised on NBCS. The Blackhawks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Blues are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Blue Jackets. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
St. Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks
The St. Louis Blues Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Blues have put together an overall record of 13-12-1. When playing on the road, St. Louis has gone 6-8-1, while their home record stands at 7-4-0. This record has them sitting 6th in the Western Central division and 9th in the Western conference. St. Louis’ average scoring margin this season is -0.4, leading to an overall puck line record of 13-13. At their home arena, they have a scoring margin of +.2, while on the road, it is -0.8.
The Blues aim to bounce back following their 5-2 loss on the road to the Blue Jackets. In the first period against the Blue Jackets, the Blues scored one goal, in addition to scoring one time in the 3rd period. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 43 shots on goal and had 2 turnovers.
In this game, St. Louis was favored by -1.5, but they suffered a loss against the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 6.5 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 7 goals.
The Chicago Blackhawks Are Coming Off A Win
This season, the Blackhawks currently hold an overall record of 8-16-1. When playing on the road, Chicago has a 4-10-0 record, while they are 4-6-1 at home. In the Western Central division, they are currently 8th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 16th. Chicago has four wins by more than one goals and dropped 13 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 12-13 this season.
In their most recent game, the Blackhawks hosted the Ducks and secured a 1-0 victory. Offensively, the Blackhawks did not score in the first or third periods vs. the Ducks but found the net one time in the second period. During power plays, the team scored one goal. In total, they recorded 25 shots on goal and had 10 giveaways.
Despite being the underdog, Chicago managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. The game finished below the over/under line of 6.5 with a combined total of 1 goal.
St. Louis Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Blues are averaging 2.8 goals per game which is 25th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 17th in the league. This year, the Blues have recorded a 6-4 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 6-7 record.
The Blues come in with an over/under record of 9-15-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 17 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6.2 per game.
Chicago Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Blackhawks are averaging 2.4 goals per game which is 30th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 29th in the league. Chicago’s offense is currently ranked 29th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 25th in the league.
The Blackhawks come in with an over/under record of 10-14-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 15 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 Team Defense
St. Louis defense takes on the Blackhawks ranked 5th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 32.6 shots per game against St. Louis. They alsso are 13th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Chicago Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Blackhawks head into the game ranked 9th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32.7 shots per game against Chicago. So far, they are 16th in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.
Blues vs Blackhawks Trends
- Across the Blues last five road games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 2-3, while going 2-3 straight-up.
- In their last three games at home, the Blackhawks have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 0-3 vs. the spread. The team averaged 1 goals per game in this stretch.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Blackhawks have a straight up record of 1-4. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 2-3.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, St. Louis has an puck line mark of 5-5 while going 6-4 straight up.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Blackhawks to take down the Blues at home. With the moneyline currently at +114, I’m placing my bet on the Blackhawks straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Blackhawks winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Blackhawks straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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