• Blackhawks visit Blues on Tuesday
  • Blackhawks dealt Erik Gustafsson and Robin Lehner at the trade deadline
  • Blues aim for a fifth straight win

The St. Louis Blues opted to keep their line-up intact for the rest of the season after making zero moves on Monday’s trade deadline as they shoot for their fifth straight victory when they play the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday inside the Enterprise Center to begin a three-game homestand. Except for the addition of Marco Scandella from Montreal last week, the Blues will be playing with virtually the same manpower from last season as they try to keep the same formula that won them the Stanley Cup in 2019.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks are struggling to get back at stance as they remain on the downward slope, dropping eight of their last 10 games heading to Monday’s trade deadline. Addressing the gaps in their roster, the club’s front office elected to ship defenseman Erik Gustafsson to Calgary for a 2020 third-round draft pick and sent Robin Lehner to Vegas in exchange for goalie Malcolm Subban, Slava Demin and a 2020 second-round draft pick. The homestretch of the regular season does not look promising for Chicago as it is seven points out in the wild-card race in the West and still last in the Central Division at 27-27-8.

St. Louis Blues

Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester's cardiac episode forced St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong to acquire Scandella from the Canadiens. The unfortunate turn of events came when the Blues were in the midst of a skid that carried on until Feb. 16 when they lost their fifth straight against Nashville, 1-2. But since then, the squad has rediscovered their form, twisting the ugly slide and turning it to a winning streak that currently runs at four. Their last win came at the expense of Minnesota which they clobbered on Sunday, 4-1, to keep their spot at the top of the Western Conference.

Odds and Trends

With an effective line-up working wonders for the team, the NHL Odds expect St. Louis to handle Chicago’s challenge with ease, tagging them as -200 favorites in tomorrow’s clash. The Blackhawks are priced at +170 as underdogs on the road.

The Blackhawks are 23-47 in their last 70 games playing on 1-day rest and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.

The Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 overall and 4-0 in their last 4 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.

Over is 4-1 in Blackhawks last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and 3-0-1 in Blues last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.

Under is 4-1 in Blackhawks last 5 games as an underdog and 3-0-1 in Blues last 4 vs. a team with a losing record.


Blues win, 4-1

Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks are trying to win their fourth Stanley Cup championship since 2010. Getty