Meanwhile, the Blues are sixth in the conference and are both trying to improve their seeding and make sure they qualify for the playoffs. Let's review this match-up and how we should play against the NHL odds.
Clearly, the Blues need this game a bit more than the Blackhawks but will that come through on the ice?
Record: 119-142 (-1654)
The Chicago Blackhawks can win because…
They are the best team in the NHL and they are rounding into form again. After the Blackhawks ridiculous 21-0-3 start, they slumped a bit. “Slumping” – to them – means going 4-4. But since then, the Blackhawks are back on their game as they have won six of seven. Their goaltenders are again slamming the door shut (12 goals allowed in their last seven) and their offense is cooking (23 goals in that same span).
People making their NHL picks know that the Blackhawks have won two of the three meetings between the teams and 10 of the last 15 meetings between the teams. The Blackhawks are also 8-1 on Sundays this season and 8-2 when playing on the road with a total of five or less. The numbers point in their favor.
The St. Louis Blues can win because…
They’ve won six of seven, which includes a 4-3 win over Chicago. Yes, the Blues are coming off a loss in Columbus but before that, the Blues had been playing some of their best hockey of the season. They had won six straight while outscoring their opponents 15-5.
Sunday’s projected starter in net is expected to be Brian Elliott and he enters on a three-game shutout streak. He was also the man in net when the Blues beat the Blackhawks 10 days ago and even including the three goals he gave up in that game, he’s allowed just four in his last five starts. If Elliott stands tall again, the Blues have an excellent shot to win.
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Outlook & Pick
The Blackhawks have won 14 of their 15 division games this season and given how they’ve played recently, it only makes sense to take them as a road dog. How often do you get the best team in the NHL listed as an underdog on the NHL odds? Also, it’s the Blues third game in four nights and fourth in six, so I think the freshness edge should favor Chicago. Take the Blackhawks.