The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks meet Wednesday in NHL action at the United Center. The St. Louis Blues look to build on their 3-game winning streak. The Chicago Blackhawks have lost 7 of their last 9 games.
The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.43 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Jordan Kyrou leads St. Louis with 5 goals, Brayden Schenn has 9 assists, and Justin Faulk has 43 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 3.57 goals per game and are killing 72.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 32 goals on 332 shots faced, and Thomas Greiss has given up 13 goals on 129 shots.
The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.53 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Toews leads Chicago with 7 goals, Patrick Kane has 10 assists and Phillipp Kurashev has 29 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 75.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Petr Mrazek has given up 15 goals on 146 shots faced, and Alex Stalock has allowed 16 goals on 187 shots.
The Blues are 15-7 in their last 22 road games and 3-8 in their last 11 overall. The Blackhawks are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 19-40 in their last 59 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Blues last 5 overall. The under is 6-0 in Blackhawks last 6 overall. The Blues are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. The home team is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
The St. Louis Blues still have a ways to go, mainly on the offensive side, but there’s no doubt they’re playing their best hockey of the season. The Chicago Blackhawks continue to pile up the losses and their offensive struggles are almost on the level of the Blues. The Blues have beaten the Blackhawks up over the years. Lot of juice for a losing team on the road, but I like the Blues to win their fourth straight game.