Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues - 12/14/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+175) Blues (-195)
Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks (12-14-6, 7th in the Central Division) go to Enterprise Center on Saturday where they'll meet the St. Louis Blues (19-8-6, 1st in the Central Division). The Blues open this game at -195 while the Blackhawks are priced at +175. The over/under opens at 5.5. The Blackhawks are covering 35.5% of the time, having gone 11-20 SU. St. Louis is covering 57.6% of the time, going 19-14 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks head into this game holding a record of 12 wins and 14 losses, ranking them 7th in the Central Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 85 goals which ranks 12th in the West and 25th in the league. Their goal differential is -14, ranking them 26th in the league. The Blackhawks have a total of 30 pts, which ranks 25th in the league and 13th in the conference. in respect to shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 994 which ranks 9th in the Western Conference and 19th in the league. As a group, Chicago has obtained a total of 629 hits which has them averaging 19.7 per contest. They have a total of 315 blocks for the season. In net for Chicago is Corey Crawford from Montreal, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has been on the ice a total of 994 minutes defending the goal for the campaign. Crawford is allowing an average of 3.02 goals per contest which has him ranked 22nd among Western Conference goaltenders and 44th in the NHL among goalies. So far this season, he has allowed 50 goals. He has a save % of .909 which has him ranked 18th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to clean up some issues after taking a 5 - 2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes their last time out. The Blackhawks offense left a lot to be desired in the defeat. For this matchup, they scored on 2 out of the 30 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 3 power play chances and notched 1 goal out of those tries. Chicago ended up with 8 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Blackhawks was 41 and the Corsi against was 40 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 50.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 33 while the Fenwick against was 32, giving them a rate of 50.8%. They won 14 face-off wins at even strength and lost 18 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 64.0% and they had a PDO of 84.5 in this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Arizona Coyotes put up 40 shots. They finished with a total of 6 penalty mins and they earned a total of 4 power play chances.
The Blues will be looking to add points to their total and for the year they sit with 19 wins and 8 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they are currently sitting 2nd in the West and 9th in the NHL with +11. They have a total of 98 goals for the year which is good for 5th in the Western Conference. St. Louis has a save % as a team of .916 which has them 7th in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a shooting percentage of 10.1% ranking them 4th in the conference. In net for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington who is having a marginal campaign by allowing 2.43 GAA and that ranks him 7th in the Western Conference and 16th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,406 mins he has played this season, he has surrendered 57 goals. He has a save % of .921, which ranks him 9th in the Western Conference and 17th among goalies in the NHL.
The St. Louis Blues played the Vegas Golden Knights in a matchup where the Blues ended up with the victory by a score of 4 - 2. For this matchup, St. Louis wound up with a 50.0% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 38 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 38. Their Fenwick percentage was 58.6% with a Fenwick of 34 and the Golden Knights having a 24 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game St. Louis had and they showed up in this game. They had a PDO of 102.9 and their percentage of oZS was 31.6%. The Blues converted 4 goals out of the 29 shots on goal they tried. They had 1 power play attempt in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. In discussing their opponent, the Golden Knights had 3 power play opportunities but were not able to take advantage. St. Louis gave up 29 shots on goal.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Chicago (+175)
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