Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues - 7/29/20 NHL Pick and Prediction
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St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +140 / St. Louis Blues -160 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks meet Wednesday in NHL exhibition action.
The St. Louis Blues entered the break with wins in 10 of their last 12 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 24.3 percent of their power play opportunities. David Perron leads St. Louis with 25 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 49 assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 225 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 126 goals on 1,430 shots and Jake Allen has allowed 48 goals on 655 shots.
The Chicago Blackhawks entered the NHL break splitting their last 12 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 15.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 33 goals, Dominik Kubalik has 16 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 207 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 108 goals on 1,294 shots faced.
The Blues are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The favorite is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The over is 15-5-4 in the last 24 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks are an experienced team that may benefit greatly from the break, as it gives guys a chance to recharge the batteries and rest up for a potential playoff run. However, the Blackhawks were very inconsistent as a whole and the hit or miss offense became very frustrating over time. While the break may throw off the momentum, there's no doubt the St. Louis Blues were arguably the hottest team in the league at the time with wins in 10 of their last 12 games, and they had one of the best defenses leading the way. Of course, it's tough to figure out what we're going to see from these teams with so much time off, as it feels like the previous regular season was a completely different season.
I'll still give the edge to the St. Louis Blues.