NHL Games of the Week Feature Blues at Blackhawks and Stars at Jets

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

By Kyle Markus
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The St. Louis Blues are in a frenzied race for a playoff spot in the Western Conference as the regular season winds down. They need every point they can muster down the stretch and would love to nab a key road victory this weekend in a nationally televised matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago has multiple titles in the past several years but is unlikely to make the postseason this year.

Another key matchup in the West on Sunday features the Dallas Stars hitting the road to take on the Winnipeg Jets. Dallas is also in the middle of the chunk of teams battling for positioning while the Jets are ahead of the pack and currently sitting as the No. 3 seed. These games are huge and could have a major impact on the standings as the end of the year.

Let’s take a look at these two nationally televised games more in depth in NHL odds.

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St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Date and Time: Sunday, March 18, 2018, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: The United Center, Chicago, Illinois

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Blues at Blackhawks TV Coverage: NBC Sports Network

The Blues are 37-27-5 on the season in their 69 games and have accumulated 79 points. St. Louis has gone 17-13-5 against the spread as the road team this season. The Blues are just 3-6-1 in their past 10 contests to fall down the standings, but have at least won two straight.

The Blackhawks are 30-32-8 in 70 games, and have accumulated 68 points on the year. Chicago has gone 17-15-3 on its home ice so this figures to be a competitive matchup. The Blackhawks have won half of their past 10 matchups.

Key Stat

7. That’s the number of teams that are within four points of each other in the West. The Blues bring up the rear with 79 points but are right on the tail of a host of other teams. The Sharks have 83 points, the Avalanche and Stars have 82, the Kings have 81 and the Ducks and Flames each sit at 80. A win in this game is integral for St. Louis.

St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks Free Picks

The Blues will have all the motivation, but Chicago has put together some good outings at home this year. Look for St. Louis’ playoff hopes to take a blow with a loss in this matchup.

St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks ATS Pick: Take the Blackhawks on the moneyline

St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks Score Prediction: Blackhawks 4, Blues 2

Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets

Date and Time: Sunday, March 18, 2018, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Stars at Jets TV Coverage: TSN

The Stars are 38-26-6 on the season with those 82 points in 70 games. Dallas has done really well at home this season but is under .500 on the road, which is not a good sign for this one against a superior foe.

The Jets are 41-19-10 and have 92 points. Winnipeg is a sparkling 24-7-2 on the season at home and will undoubtedly be the favorite in this matchup. The Jets have lost three in a row but are still 6-3-1 in their past 10 contests.

Player To Watch

Tyler Seguin -- The Dallas center has 36 goals and 29 assists on the year for an impressive 65 points. He has two goals and five assists over his past five games. If Seguin can come away with a goal or a couple of points in this matchup, it will give the Stars a much better chance at pulling off the upset.

Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets Free Picks

The Jets are too tough at home. Take Winnipeg to take care of business in this matchup, solidifying its playoff standing while hurting the Stars’ chances.

Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets ATS Pick: Take the “over” on the scoring total

Dallas Stars at WInnipeg Jets Score Prediction: Jets 5, Stars 3

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