St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks - 2/27/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks - 2/27/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jeff Le-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (19-26-8) vs St. Louis Blues (31-14-6)

Game Info: Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 3:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +158 / St. Louis Blues -196 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Chicago Blackhawks host the St. Louis Blues in Sunday NHL Action.

The St. Louis Blues come into this road contest with an overall record of 31-14-6. Through 51 games, the Blues are 2nd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 184 times, good for a rank of 4th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, St. Louis is the 5th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.73 goals per game. So far, the Blues have a strength of schedule rating of 23rd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 5th ranked team in the NHL.

The Chicago Blackhawks get set to host the St. Louis Blues with an overall record of 19-26-8. This mark places them 7th in the Central division. Through 53 games, the Blackhawks have scored 134 goals, giving them an average of 2.47. This output gives them a rank of 27th among NHL teams. On defense, Chicago is the 25th ranked unit, giving up 3.38 goals per contest. So far, the Blackhawks have played the 2nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Chicago's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 27th in the NHL.

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Through 47 games, the St. Louis Blues goal and overall scoring leader is Jordan Kyrou with 48 points. He has reached his mark of 20 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.1%. So far, 20.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Vladimir Tarasenko, who has 27 assists to go along with his 19 goals. However, when on the ice, the Blues are -1.0 in scoring differential. St. Louis's top goalie is Ville Husso, who is giving up an average of 2.03 goals per game. In his 20 games played, he has turned in 14 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 53 games, Chicago's leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 29 goals and 16 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 45. On the season, he is turning 17.3% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Blackhawks have benefited from the strong play of Patrick Kane, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Chicago's 53 games, he has come up with 16 goals on a shooting percentage of 8.6%. However, when on the ice, the Blackhawks are -19 in scoring differential. Chicago's top goalie is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is giving up an average of 2.8 goals per game. In his 38 games played, he has turned in 21 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Chicago's 53 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 26-26. Even though the team has covered the spread in more than half their games, their ATS record at home is just 10-15. On the season, the Chicago Blackhawks have a per-game scoring differential of -0.89. Things haven't gone any better at home, as they losing home games by an average of -0.74 goals. As the Chicago Blackhawks get set to take on the Blues, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3. During this stretch, they have scored 17 goals, accounting for 47.0% of the scoring in these contests. Look for the Blues to take advantage of playing a struggling Blackhawks unit, pulling out the road win.

 

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Joe’s Pick St. Louis -196

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