NHL Blackhawks vs. Blues Picks & Predictions for December 28, 2013

NHL Blackhawks vs. Blues Picks & Predictions for December 28, 2013

NHL Blackhawks vs. Blues Picks & Predictions for December 28, 2013
By Anthony Rome

ST. LOUIS, MO (The Spread) - The Blues have owned the Blackhawks in recent meetings between the two teams but will that trend continue tonight when the rivals clash at 8:00PM ET?

ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Blues are -128 money line favorites versus the Blackhawks, who are +118 on the ML. Chicago enters play with a 27-7-6 overall record and is 13-5-1 on the road this year, while St. Louis is 24-7-5 overall and 14-3-2 at home. The total for this game is sitting at 5.5 goals.

LINE MOVEMENT: The Blues opened as -125 money line favorites but the spread has climbed to -128 at most online sports books, while the Blackhawks' odds have gone from +115 up to +118.

PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers that have currently been placed on this game, 51% of bettors favor the Blues. This information is subject to change, however, so click on the link provided for the most updated public betting stats.

NHL FREE PICK: Take Chicago. According to latest NHL trends, the Blackhawks are 38-14 in their last 52 games versus Central opponents, 79-32 in their last 111 games overall and 65-27 in their last 92 games versus Western Conference foes. The Blues are 4-1 in their last five games versus the Blackhawks but will once again be without leading scorer Alexander Steen due to injury. Chicago's Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp have been red-hot of late, as well has captain Jonathan Toews. The Hawks posted a pair of shutouts in St. Louis last year and with the Blues having to battle through adversity due to injuries, Chicago is a solid value play tonight.

SATURDAY NHL FREE PICK: CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS -128


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