Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues Pick – NHL October 30, 2021

The winless Chicago Blackhawks will look for better in St. Louis against the Blues. They are going into tonight with a record of 0-6-2 following a 6-3 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes last night.

The Blackhawks are on a back-to-back after that dreadful performance, which has become a common theme in Chicago. This time it was Kevin Lankinen who didn’t look good in the crease. He allowed 6 goals on 35 shots for a 0.829 save percentage.

There was speculation that Marc-Andre Fleury didn’t want to go to the Blackhawks and I wonder why. This team offers little help defensively compared to what he had in Las Vegas with the Golden Knights.

The Blackhawks are still in a transition period from rebuilding to becoming a competitive team again. At this point in his career, why is he going to want to go to a losing franchise. Fleury tried to put on a happy face, but it’s going to be hard now.

This is a franchise that is in the middle of a sex abuse scandal as well. There are still players from that era on this team, most notably Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, the two leaders of the Blackhawks.

Do you think that it’s a distraction? It definitely has to be. This is a big story that a team isn’t going to be able to brush away, even for guys that had nothing to do with this, and maybe weren’t even in the NHL at the time.

The Blues are coming off a 4-3 loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. It was a decent effort in a back-and-forth game versus a good Avalanche team. The Blues slipped to 5-1-0 with the loss, so they’ve been in good form despite the loss.

They are tied with the Minnesota Wild for leading credentials in the Central Division. Prior to their loss, they were coming off a 3-0 win over the LA Kings. We’ll see how they respond after their first loss. Head below for our free Blackhawks vs. Blues pick on October 30, 2021.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues Live Odds and Betting History:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Chicago Blackhawks +1.5 (-135) +180 Over 6 (-113)
St. Louis Blues -1.5 (+115) -201 Under 6 (-107)
Team Data Chicago Blackhawks St. Louis Blues
Overall Record 0-6-2 5-1-0
Puckline Record 2-6 6-0
Away/Home Record 0-3-1 2-1-0
Puckline Away/Home 1-3 3-0
Goals Per Game 2.13 4.67
Goals Against Per Game 4.50 2.50
Shots Per Game 30.13 32.00
Shots Against Per Game 32.13 35.33

Blackhawks vs. Blues Prediction:

The Blackhawks haven’t done much of anything right. Sometimes with a bad team you can find a positive, but there isn’t anything here for the Blackhawks.

It’s just a team that doesn’t look focused, with head coach Jeremy Colliton’s job in serious jeopardy. His seat isn’t only hot, but appears to be on fire right now.

It’s a tough situation for the Blackhawks given everything going on with the organization, but Colliton has done little to prepare his guys.

The offense has been sputtering with 2.1 goals per game for 28th in the league, while the defense has given up 4.5 goals per game for 31st in the NHL.

On the road the defense gets even worse, with 4.75 goals allowed per game. If there’s anyone you feel bad for on this team, it has to be Marc-Andre Fleury.

He had no interest in joining this mess, and he has to work with a bad defense. Fleury enters with a 5.75 GAA and 0.839 save percentage. His head isn’t in it this season.


Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues Betting Trends:

Blackhawks

  • 0-4 overall in their previous four games versus the Central Division
  • 0-4 overall in their previous four games on a back-to-back
  • 0-4 overall in their previous four games on the road
  • 0-4 overall in their previous four games after scoring 3 or more goals
  • 1-5 overall in their previous six games after allowing 5 or more goals

Blues

  • 5-0 overall in their previous five games as a favorite
  • 7-2 overall in their previous nine games after their opponent allows 5 or more goals
  • 7-3 overall in their previous ten games versus the Central Division
  • 5-1 overall in their previous six games versus the Blackhawks

Fleury has to look at himself as well. He’s not playing on a good team, but doesn’t look focused or has any drive to be out there. The Blues should be able to take advantage of their weak defense.

They have been playing well offensively, with the Blues scoring 4.67 goals per game going into this one. That’s good for the best offense in the NHL. They’ve been well-rounded as well. The defense has been contributing.

The Blues have conceded 2.5 goals per game for seventh in the NHL. At home that number drops to 2.33 goals allowed per game.

In their current form, fading the Blackhawks isn’t a bad idea. I like the Blues in a 5-2 game in St. Louis. The value is there for a team that has covered the puckline in all six games.

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