The St. Louis Blues visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday in a game that can be seen on ESPN+. The Blues started the season strongly but they have not played that well of late with just three wins in their last ten games. The Blackhawks are almost the opposite, as they started the season very poorly but they have played much better of late, winning six of their last ten. St. Louis has done really well in this series of late, winning the last five meetings. Let’s look at the matchup between the Blues and Blackhawks and NHL picks.
The St. Louis Blues visit the Chicago Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois. This game will take place on Friday, November 26, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN+.
The Blues will likely be listed as a slight road favorite for this Friday matinee. St. Louis has won six of the last ten in this series, including each of the last five. The teams met earlier this season in St. Louis and it was the Blues winning by a score of 1-0. The teams have split their last ten games in Chicago, with six of the ten going over the total.
St. Louis Blues
The Blues were 5-3-1 in their first nine road games. St. Louis is coming off a road game in Detroit on Wednesday night. The Blues are averaging 3.2 goals per game, 9th-best in the league. They are third in the league on the power play at 28%. The Blues are giving up 2.7 goals per game, 10th-best in the league. They are just 17th on the penalty kill at 80.9%.
Jordan Kyrou leads the team in points with 18, while goaltender Jordan Binnington leads the team in wins with six.
The Blackhawks were 4-4-1 in their first nine home games. They have had two days off since playing in Calgary on Tuesday night. Chicago is averaging just 2.2 goals per game which is 29th in the league. They are 17th on the power play at 18.6%. They are giving up 3.4 goals per game which is 28th in the league. They are 9th in the league in penalty killing at 85.2%.
Patrick Kane leads the team in points with 17, while goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury leads the team in wins with five.
St. Louis vs. Chicago NHL Pick
The Blues played really well early in the season but they have struggled a bit lately. The Blues do really well when Vladimir Tarasenko is rolling along, but throughout his career Tarasenko has been inconsistent. The Blues are not nearly as strong as when they won the Stanley Cup, as there are too many holes in the lineup. If everyone is healthy and playing at a high level the Blues can beat anyone, but they don’t play at a top level every night. I don’t know that this is the best spot for St. Louis on Friday. They played on Wednesday and then had Thanksgiving to deal with. The Blackhawks were in a better position, as they have had two days off since playing on Tuesday. I lean toward Chicago, but I am still concerned about Chicago’s lack of offense. This is a matinee so it may take some time for these two teams to get their legs under them. Neither team is scoring a lot of goals and the goaltender matchup figures to be Binnington against Fleury. That is an excellent goaltender matchup and I think this game should be low scoring, so I will go under the total.
BookMaker Pick: Under
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