Blues vs. Blackhawks Pick
61 St. Louis Blues at 62 Chicago Blackhawks, 7:30PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the moneyline is set at a pick’em with the Blues and Blackhawks each given a -110 line. The total is set at 5.5 goals.
Chicago opened as a -120 favorite before the line eventually drew even. The total has stayed at 5.5. The Blackhawks can be found anywhere from +100 to -115, while the Blues range from -115 to -105.
As of Sunday afternoon, 79 percent of public bets are coming in on the visiting Blues. Online wager info also shows that 51 percent of bets are siding with the over.
INJURY TO WATCH
Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko (upper body) is questionable to play. Goalie Carter Hutton (neck) is out indefinitely, while right winger Scottie Upshall (knee) is out until early April. Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (hip) is out for the season. For the Blackhawks, goalie Corey Crawford (brain injury) is out indefinitely. Right winger Marian Hossa (illness) is out for the season. Left winger Anthony Duclair (lower body) is out until late March.
The Blues won the lone meeting this season 5-2 on their home ice all the way back on Oct. 18. The last 10 meetings are split at 5-5, while the over has gone 7-1-2. The Blues have won three of their last four contests following a 4-3 home overtime win over the Rangers yesterday. Chicago has lost three of its last four, falling 5-3 at Buffalo yesterday. Neither team has a rest advantage and St. Louis is playing the better hockey as of late. I’m going to have to take the visitors here. If you would rather bet on the total, taking the over isn’t the worst idea in the world considering these two squads seem to always play a high-scoring game when they meet.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: ST. LOUIS BLUES -110