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Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues Prediction & Preview

#27 St. Louis Blues
Blues -140
#28 Chicago Blackhawks
Blackhawks 120
Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 7:35pm
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40 - 28
31 - 37
The St. Louis Blues (40-18-10) will cap off their three-game road trip when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks (31-29-8). Their match is slated for Sunday night, with puck drop at 6:30 pm in the United Center. These teams might be rivals in both their division and conference, but they are far from being in competition with one another. The Blues sit at the top of both the Central Division and the Western Conference with 90 points, while the Blackhawks are at the bottom of the Central and rank 12th out of 15 in the West with only 70 points. Sunday will be the fourth and final meeting of the regular season between these Central Division foes, with their last match taking place only a week ago, on February 25th. In that game, the Blues beat the Blackhawks by just one goal, with a final score of 6-5. Of the 11 goals scored, 6 of them came in the third period. The Blues lead the season series 3-0.

Blues Hope To Bounce Back After Losing Winning Streak

The Blues are in need of a win against the Blackhawks on Sunday. While they sit at the top of the Central and the West, they only hold that title by a small margin. Two points, to be exact. They’ve managed to keep pace ahead of the number two team, the Colorado Avalanche, as of late due to a strong winning streak. Until recently, they had been on an eight-game winning streak, which was enough to send them into the second-place spot in the league overall. That winning streak came at an opportune time for the Blues, as before that they had been on a five-game slide. They can only hope that their most recent loss against the New Jersey Devils doesn’t herald another long losing streak. In that loss, they were only able to get a pair of their 33 shots on goal through for a final score of 4-2 in the Devils’ favor. It certainly wasn’t a loss that they had been expecting, considering the Devils are the third-worst team in the Eastern Conference. The Blues were able to score once in the first period and once in the third, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Devils. St. Louis’ first goal came from Vince Dunn on the powerplay at 12:31 in the first period. They wouldn’t score again until the closing minutes of the third period, where Jaden Schwartz put the team within one. An empty-net goal from the Devils sealed the game, though, and the Blues were sent on their way without a point. In net for the Blues was Jordan Binnington, who allowed 3 goals on 31 shots, with 4 of those shots being shorthanded saves.

Chicago Drops Game To League Worst, Ends Winning Streak

It never feels good to lose a winning streak, especially when it is a game that your team should’ve won. The Blackhawks are far from being the best team in the league, they’re not even the best team in their division, but they’re doing much, much better than the Red Wings. The Blackhawks, at the time of writing, sit four points behind the next closest team in the Central. It’s not the worst situation they’ve been in so far in the 2019-20 season, but they could be doing a lot better. They’re six points out of a wild card spot, and even further than that when it comes to acquiring one of the top three spots in their division. Before their most recent game, Chicago had been on a four-game winning streak. However, a loss to the Detroit Red Wings has put a major dent in whatever momentum they had been building in the final stretch of the season. It wasn’t a blowout, at least, with the Red Wings only coming away with a 2-1 victory. While the Blackhawks certainly took advantage on the shot counter, coming up with 33 by the end of the night, they didn’t play a very physical game. They only put 9 hits on the board as opposed to Detroit’s 30 hits. The lone goal scorer for the Blackhawks was Patrick Kane in the closing minutes of the second period. All three goals scored that game came during the second period, with the Kane goal being the closing goal of both the period and the match as a whole. In net for the Blackhawks was Corey Crawford, who allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for a .920 save percentage.

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