Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues Predictions, NHL Expert Picks 2/25/2020
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+180) Blues (-201)
Robin Lehner and the Chicago Blackhawks (27-27-8, 7th in the Central Division) are headed to Enterprise Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the St. Louis Blues (36-17-10, 1st in the Central Division). The Blues open this contest at -201 while the Blackhawks are coming in at +180. The over/under has been set at 5.5. The Blackhawks are covering 40.7% of the time, having gone 24-35 SU. St. Louis covers 56.5% of the time, going 35-27 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks head into this game holding a record of 27 wins and 27 defeats, putting them at 7th in the Central Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 179 goals which has them sitting at 10th in the Western Conference and 21st in the league. Their goal differential is -14, putting them at 24th in the league. The Blackhawks have a total of 62 points, which has them sitting at 25th in the league and 12th in the West. When talking about shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 1,963 which has them sitting at 8th in the conference and 15th in the league. As a group, Chicago has racked up a total of 1,297 hits which has them averaging 20.9 per game. They have a total of 780 blocks for the season. Looking after the goal for Chicago is Robin Lehner from Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. He is 28 years old and has racked up 1,875 minutes defending the net for the year. Lehner is allowing an average of 3.01 goals per contest which places him at 26th among West goaltenders and 49th among goalies in the NHL. During this season, he has given up 94 goals. He has a save percentage of .918 which places him at 9th among West goaltenders.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to clean up some issues after taking a 2 - 1 loss against the Dallas Stars in their last contest. The Blackhawks didn't have a great showing offensively in this defeat. In this matchup, they scored on 1 out of the 32 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 5 power play attempts and scored 1 goal out of those tries. Chicago earned a total of 2 penalty minutes in their game. The Corsi for the Blackhawks sat at 42 and the Corsi against was 51 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 45.2%. Their Fenwick was 30 and the Fenwick against was 42, which earned them a rate of 41.7%. They won 24 face-off wins and were beaten on 21 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 46.9% and they had a PDO of 93.9 in this game. Regarding their opponent, the Dallas Stars earned a total of 33 shots. They had a total of 10 penalty mins and they had 1 power play chance.
The Blues will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 36 wins and 17 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 2nd in the conference and 5th in the league with +28. They currently have a total of 199 goals for the season which is 4th in the West. St. Louis has a save % as a team of .909 which is good for 11th in the league, meaning scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a shooting percentage of 10.3% putting them at 4th in the Western Conference. In goal for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington who is having a marginal year by surrendering 2.56 GAA and that has him 6th among West goalies and 16th in the NHL. In the 2,648 minutes he has played, he has given up 113 goals. His save percentage is .913, which has him ranked 15th among West goalies and 29th in the NHL.
The St. Louis Blues played the Minnesota Wild in a game where the Blues earned a win by a final of 4 - 1. In this matchup, St. Louis earned a 35.6% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 32 while the opposition had a Corsi of 58. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 42.4% with a Fenwick of 25 and the Wild having earned a 34 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that St. Louis had and it was an excellent showing for this outing. Their PDO at even strength was 111.8 and their percentage of oZS was 40.7%. The Blues converted 4 goals out of the 26 shots on goal they took. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game but didn't score a goal. Concerning their opponent, the Wild had 4 power play chances but didn't put the puck in goal. St. Louis gave way to 33 shots on goal and the Wild racked up a total of 4 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago (+180)
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