NHL Odds: Blues, Hawks Battle in Central Showdown

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Our next Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8:00 PM ET, NBCSN) takes us to the American midwest, where the Chicago Blackhawks will host the St. Louis Blues in a key Central Division matchup. These teams have been rivals since 1981, when they were paired in the Norris Division. They were also part of the old NHL West in the early ‘70s.

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Both franchises have suffered some lean years along the way, but this season, they’re within striking distance of first place in the overall standings. The Blues (16-6-0-2, minus-0.04 units) have a slight edge over the Blackhawks (15-8-0-1, minus-1.48 units) after 24 games. However, Chicago won last year’s Conference quarter-finals in six games over St. Louis.

Chicago also leads the league in Corsi For Percentage (56.9%), Fenwick For Percentage (56.2%) and Offensive Zone Start Percentage (57.9%). The Blackhawks are 15/2 co-favourites on the Stanley Cup futures market as we go to press, and St. Louis is third at 10/1. This Wednesday, each team could be without its top goal-scorer from last year: Patrick Sharp (lower body injury) for the Hawks and Alex Steen (hand) for the Blues.

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