Losing Corey Crawford to an emergency appendectomy has barely affected the Blackhawks at all. They’ve earned nine points in the seven games they’ve played without him and have won three consecutive. Chicago will play their final road matchup before a four-game homestand this evening when they meet the rival Blues in St. Louis for the third chapter of their season series.
- The Blues are 8-1 in their last 9 games at home.
- The favored team is 1-6 in its last 7 games in this matchup.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Blackhawks’ last 7 games.
Both of these teams have played extremely well at home but unfortunately for bettors, neither defended their home ice in their two previous matchups this season. These contradicting trends make this game incredibly tough to handicap in regards to the moneyline so you may want to look at some other markets if neither team offers significant value.
If you can find some goal scoring props you should probably make Vladimir Tarasenko one of your main targets. The Russian-sniper has 15 goals this year and has had some of his best career games against the Blackhawks. He has four points against them in the Blues’ two games vs the ‘Hawks this campaign and had five against them last season – the most he scored on any team.
There’s been just one UNDER in these teams last eight matchups so if you can find a total of five, you should probably hammer the OVER.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The St. Louis Blues were listed earlier today as -125 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds – Shark
(including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.
Odds – Shark
score prediction models pick a 2.7-2.4 result in favor of the Blackhawks today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Blues sit at 17-10-4 on the season; in comparison, the Chicago Blackhawks are currently 20-8-4. Looking to wager on the totals? St. Louis is 10-12-7 OU, and Chicago is 8-16-6 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Chicago injuries news.
This game puts the St. Louis Blues, most recently No. 2 in the Odds – Shark
NHL Power Rankings, up against the Chicago Blackhawks, who rate a No. 18 in the latest survey.
Offensively, the game matches up the St. Louis Blues No. 12-ranked offense (2.81 goals per game) against a Chicago Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.34 goals per game allowed. The Blues powerplay has clicked at a 21.9% rate while the Blackhawks have a 73.33% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Blackhawks were a 3-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Stars. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at -125 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for OVER bettors.
Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 3-1 loser as they battled the Wild on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Wild at -121 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
- Chicago is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
- Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago’s last 7 games
- Chicago is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- St. Louis is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
- St. Louis is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
- St. Louis is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- St. Louis is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Chicago home to San Jose, Sunday, December 18th
St. Louis home to Edmonton, Monday, December 19th