The St. Louis Blues (34-34-6) head to face the Chicago Blackhawks (24-44-6), who will be looking to snap their losing run, at United Center on Thursday. St. Louis is coming off a high-scoring 6-5 overtime win over the Canucks on Tuesday.
The Blues committed four penalties in the game, conceding two power play goals. Jakub Vrana led the Blues with two goals. Justin Faulk had a goal and two assists to lead the team in scoring. Jordan Binnington allowed five goals on 37 shots against (.864%) in the win.
Chicago lost for the sixth game in a row, falling 4-1 to the Stars on Tuesday. Tyler Johnson was the only player to score for the Blackhawks. Alex Stalock started in the loss and only had 26 saves on 30 shots (.866%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Blues have won two of the three games between the teams this season, although the Blackhawks were 5-3 victors in their most recent meeting in January.
Jason Dickinson led Chicago with three points (1G 2A). Jordan Kyrou and Ivan Barbashev each had two points (1G 1A) to lead St. Louis. Jaxson Stauber got the win, saving 29 of 32 shots (.906%).
St. Louis is averaging 3.23 goals per game for the season, 16th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Blackhawks team that is allowing 3.57 goals a game (25th).
Meanwhile, Chicago has found the net 2.41 times a game on average, 32nd in the league, and the Blues are allowing opponents to score 3.66 goals per game (27th).
Both teams average fewer shots a game than most teams in the league. St. Louis ranks No. 28 with 28.6 shots, while Chicago’s 26.6 average ranks 31st.
When it comes to stopping shots, the Blackhawks have been more successful, stopping .900% of shots as a team (19th), while the Blues have a team save percentage of .894% (26th).
The Blackhawks’ 15.67% power play percentage is the second-worst in the league, while the Blues rank 18th with a conversion rate of 20.64%. When it comes to defending power plays, Chicago has the league’s 20th-ranked PK% at 76.06%, while St. Louis is 27th at 74.48%.
Kyrou (68 points), Pavel Buchnevich (66), and Robert Thomas (63) have been the top skaters this season for the Blues. Thomas has been another offensive leader for St. Louis, scoring 17 and assisting 46. In the net, Binnington (24-25-5) is St. Louis’ top goaltender. He has a 3.41 GAA and a .891% save percentage.
Max Domi and Patrick Kane lead the Blackhawks in scoring with 49 and 45 points, respectively. Domi has 18 goals and 31 assists, while Kane has 16 goals and 29 assists in 54 games. Stalock (9-12-1) has the best goals against average for Chicago at 2.86.
He has a save percentage of .913%. Petr Mrazek (8-20-3) has played the most games in net for the Blackhawks this season. He has a 3.61 GAA and a .896% save percentage.
HOME AND AWAY
St. Louis is 18-18-1 away from home this season. Chicago is 14-20-3 at United Center this season.
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St.Louis Blues (-155)
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