Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues Prediction, 12/29/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Thursday, December 29, 2022
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+220) Blues (-275)
The Chicago Blackhawks (8-21-4) are traveling to Enterprise Center on Thursday where they will attempt to beat the St. Louis Blues (16-16-3). The moneyline on this matchup has Chicago at +220 and St. Louis is sitting at -275. The total is 7.
The Chicago Blackhawks will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes in the last game they played. Chicago accrued 6 penalty minutes in this game. Moreover, they had 3 chances with extra men on the ice but weren't able to score. The Blackhawks could have played much better offensively in the defeat. In the game, they took the loss without having netted any of the 24 shots they tried.
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Concerning their scoring, the Chicago Blackhawks have racked up 75 goals (32nd in the National Hockey League) this season and have surrendered 123. For the season, they sit with 20 points and their points percentage is sitting at .303. Chicago has tallied 104 power play chances and they have scored 22 goals out of those tries, garnering them a percentage of 21.15%. When at even strength, the Blackhawks have allowed the opponent to score 94 goals while having 53 themselves. Chicago has tried 881 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 8.5%. The Blackhawks so far have had 1,117 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .890. Chicago Blackhawks opponents have totaled 103 power play opportunities (27th in the NHL) and have a total of 29 goals in those chances.
The man protecting the net in this game is Petr Mrazek. Mrazek has taken the ice for 308 games throughout his pro hockey career. He has accumulated a record of 142-111-32 and he started in 281 games. The opposition has racked up 777 goals against Mrazek in his career and his goals against average per game is 2.71. Mrazek has seen 8,430 shots taken against him and has recorded 7,653 saves. He has a save percentage of .908 for his 17,232 mins on the ice. In his career, Mrazek has earned 141 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .502.
In their last game, St. Louis squared up with the Maple Leafs in an outing where the Blues took a loss by a final of 5-4. The Blues scored 4 goals out of the 34 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 chances on the power play in this matchup and netted 1 out of those tries.
St. Louis has taken 1,032 shots (20th in the league) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 10.37%, while allowing the other team 1,144 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 71.43% on their opponents 84 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is currently 88.8%. They have recorded 98 power play chances and they have a power play percentage of 23.47%. The Blues are sitting with 84 goals at even strength and 23 goals (19th in the league) while having a power play advantage. They have permitted 128 goals to be scored by way of 104 goals at even strength and 24 goals while they were shorthanded. During this campaign, the St. Louis Blues have a total of 107 goals, 35 points, in addition to a points percentage of .500.
Across the rink you are likely to see Jordan Binnington in net. His opponents are averaging 2.67 goals/game and he has yielded 486 goals in total. Binnington's percentage of quality starts sits at 52.7% and he has qualified for 97 quality starts in his NHL career. He has been a starter 184 games and has been on the ice for 10,928 mins. Binnington is sitting with a lifetime record of 102-57-23 and has participated in 188 games. He has accrued 4,851 stops out of 5,337 shots attempted, giving him a save percentage of .909.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Chicago (+220)
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