Blues play a matinee against the Hawks
The UNDER has paid out for totals bettors on the NHL odds in seven of the last 10 games between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks as those teams meet Sunday afternoon.
Chicago and St. Louis last battled back on March 19, with the Blackhawks pulling out a 4-0 shutout victory at -113 at home on the NHL betting lines. That ended the Blues' four-game winning streak they'd built up against the Hawks.
The Blues will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 52-18-7 this season, while the Blackhawks are 44-19-15. St. Louis is 33-36-8 against the total, while Chicago is 37-40-1 versus the number.
The Blackhawks were listed earlier today as -105 moneyline at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5.
The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Blackhawks rated this week at No. 17 and the Blues sitting at No. 14.
Last time out for Chicago, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Blue Jackets on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at -101 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 3.27 goals per game, against a Blues defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.25 goals allowed. The Blackhawks power play is averaging 20.33% while the Blues defense kills off 85.56% of their penalties.
St. Louis home to Washington, Tuesday, April 8th
Chicago home to Montreal, Wednesday, April 9th