NHL Odds: Blues, Hawks Fight in Central Showdown
Our next Wednesday Night Competition game (8:00 PM ET, NBCSN) takes us to the American midwest, where the Chicago Blackhawks will host the St. Louis Blues in a crucial Central Division matchup. These groups have actually been rivals considering that 1981, when they were combined in the Norris Department. They were also part of the old NHL West in the early '70s.
Both franchises have suffered some lean years along the way, but this period, they're within striking distance of top place in the general standings. The Blues (16-6-0-2, minus-0.04 systems) have a small edge over the Blackhawks (15-8-0-1, minus-1.48 units) after 24 video games. However, Chicago won in 2013's Conference quarter-finals in six video games over St. Louis.
Chicago likewise leads the league in Corsi For Portion (56.9 %), Fenwick For Portion (56.2 %) and Offensive Zone Beginning Portion (57.9 %). The Blackhawks are 15/2 co-favourites on the Stanley Cup futures market as we go to push, and St. Louis is 3rd at 10/1. This Wednesday, each group might be without its leading goal-scorer from last year: Patrick Sharp (lower body injury) for the Hawks and Alex Steen (hand) for the Blues.