Blues vs Blackhawks Prediction - NHL Picks 12/9/23

Chicago Blackhawks (8-16-1) vs St. Louis Blues (13-12-1)

Game Info: Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +116 / St. Louis Blues -140 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The St. Louis Blues will play the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. St. Louis has dropped two games in a row, while Chicago has lost four of their last five games. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Blues vs Blackhawks prediction. 

Blues Preview

The St. Louis Blues are 13-12-1 this season after they lost to Columbus by a score of 5-2 in their last game. St. Louis tied the game at one in the first period, but they allowed Columbus to score the next three goals to pull away for the win. The Blues out shot Columbus by a total of 43-22 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. St. Louis lost to Vegas by a score of 6-3 in their previous game, but they did beat Vegas on the road by a score of 2-1 in the game prior to that. The Blues are scoring 2.88 goals per game and they are allowing 3.16 goals against per game, while going 9.5% on the power play and 78.3% on the penalty kill. Robert Thomas has led the Blues with eight goals, 17 assists, and 51 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington, who is 8-7-1 this year with a 2.99 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. 

Blackhawks Preview

The Chicago Blackhawks are 8-16-1 this year after they defeated Anaheim by a score of 1-0 in their last game. Chicago scored the only goal in this game in the second period for the shutout win. The Blackhawks were out shot by a total of 37-25 and went 1-4 on the power play in the game. Chicago lost their previous four games against Nashville, Minnesota, Winnipeg, and Detroit. The Blackhawks are scoring 2.40 goals per game and they are allowing 3.52 goals against per game, while going 11.4% on the power play and 75.3% on the penalty kill. Connor Bedard has led Chicago with 11 goals, 10 assists, and 77 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Chicago is Petr Mrazek, who is 6-8-0 this season with a 3.17 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. 

Chicago Blackhawks Team Facts

  • The Blackhawks have lost each of their last 10 games following a win.
  • The Blackhawks have failed to cover the puck line in 12 of their last 13 games as underdogs against Central Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 2.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Blackhawks' last five games following a win.
  • The Blackhawks have lost the second period in seven of their last eight night games following a win.

St. Louis Blues Team Facts

  • The Blues have won each of their last four night games at United Center.
  • The Blues have covered the puck line in each of their last four night games against the Blackhawks following a road loss.
  • The Blues have won the third period in four of their last five night games at United Center.
  • The 'Over 2.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Blues' last six games against Central Division opponents.

Chicago Blackhawks Player Prop Facts

  • Ryan Donato has recorded at least one point in seven of his last eight appearances with his team as an underdog against the Blues.
  • Andreas Athanasiou has scored at least one goal in three of his last four appearances against the Blues.
  • Seth Jones has recorded an assist in three of the Blackhawks' last four games against the Blues.
  • Ryan Donato has recorded two points against the Blues this season - equal-most against any opponent.

St. Louis Blues Player Prop Facts

  • Pavel Buchnevich has scored a goal in five of his last six appearances against the Blackhawks at United Center.
  • Brayden Schenn has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine appearances in night games at United Center.
  • Pavel Buchnevich has recorded at least one assist in six of his last seven appearances after playing less than 20 minutes the previous day.
  • Pavel Buchnevich has recorded two assists against the Blackhawks this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Chicago Blackhawks ranks 29th in the league in power play percentage this season (11.39%).
  • The Chicago Blackhawks ranks 25th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (75.31%).
  • The St. Louis Blues ranks 32nd in the league in penalty minutes this season (172).
  • The St. Louis Blues ranks T2nd in the league in short handed goals this season (6).

Blues vs Blackhawks Betting Prediction

St. Louis comes into this game with the much better record, but they are coming off of a loss to Columbus on Friday and will be on the second game of a back to back here. Prior to that, the Blues did play pretty well in a two game series against Vegas, where they went 1-1. Chicago did snap their losing streak with a shutout win over Anaheim in their last game, but they are only 4-6-1 at home this season. The Blackhawks have not played well for most of the season and even though St. Louis is on a back to back, I like them to get the win here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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