The Central Division meets the Atlantic Division this evening as the St Louis Blues pay a visit to Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario to rumble with the Ottawa Senators. The Blues enter this game off a 2-1 OT win over the Maple Leafs on the road, while the Senators are off a 4-3 road win over the Maple Leafs. Goalie Probables: Jake Allen will get the nod for this one and the Senators will counter with Craig Anderson.
Lines: St Louis -116/ Ottawa +105
Dunn Lefts Blues Over Maple Leafs In OT
The St Louis Blues have been rather inconsistent of late, but they do come in off a nice 2-1 OT win over the Maple Leafs on the road. Despite the win, they have still gone just 4-5 over their last nine games. The Blues are in 3rd place in the Central Division and in 6th place in the Western Conference playoff standings, so they are still in pretty good shape to make the playoffs. Defenseman Vince Dunn is a rookie and he came up with the big goal in OT against the Maple Leafs for his 4th goal of the year. He is having a solid overall year for the Blues. Also scoring in the win was Alexander Steen, which was his 7th of the year. The Blues have now gone q12-11 on the road and have averaged 2.74 gpg and have allowed 2.78 gpg in those games. Grabbing the win against the Maple Leafs was Carter Hutton, who stopped 30 of the 31 shots that he faced to improve to 9-4 with a 1.78 GAA and a .942 save percentage on the year. Jake Allen should be back in the crease for this one and he has gone 18-16 with a 2.75 GAA and a .908 save percentage on the year, including 8-9 with a 2.90 GAA and a .908 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 50-38 with a 2.62 GAA on the road and 36-29 with a 2.62 GAA against the Eastern Conference, while against the Senators he has gone 2-1 with a 1.92 GAA.
The Blues come into this contest ranked 19th in the league in scoring at 2.83 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots taken (33.4 spg) and 29th in power play conversions, converting on 14.8% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very good as they come in ranked 6th in goals allowed, giving up 2.62 gpg, while also ranking 6th in shots allowed (30.4 spg) and 14th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 18.3% of their chances.
Sens Grab Big Road Win Over Maple Leafs
The Ottawa Senators are in the 15th slot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, but they did go into their little break having won three of their last four games, which included taking a big 4-3 road win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in their last game. They still have a long way to go to get back in playoff contention, but at least it is a start for them. The offense has been a major issue for the Senators, but they are really starting to come out of it as they have now scored 18 goals over their last four games. Scoring in the win over the Leafs was Thomas Chabot, which was his 3rd of the year, Mike Hoffman, which was his 11th, Gabriel Dumont, which was his 1st of the year and Tom Pyatt, which was his 5th. The Sens need to clean things up at the other end of the Ice as they have allowed 4.38 gpg over their last eight games. Snatching up the win against the Maple Leafs was Craig Anderson, who stopped 45 of the 48 shots that he faced in the game to move to 12-18 with a 3.22 GAA and a .899 save percentage on the year overall, while here at home he has gone 8-10 with a 3.35 GAA and a .896 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 128-119 with aa 2.66 GAA in his home games and 89-118 with a 3.06 GAA against the Western Conference, while against the Blues he has gone 4-2 with a 3.48 GAA. The Senators have gone just 9-13 at home for the year and they have averaged 3.14 gpg and have allowed 3.64 gpg in those games.
Ottawa has been below average at the offensive end of the ice so far as they come in ranked 22nd in the league in scoring at 2.76 gpg, while also ranking 23rd in shots taken (30.7 spg) and 28th in power play conversions, converting on 15.2% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been poor so far as they rank 29th in goals allowed, giving up 3.43 gpg, while also ranking 22nd in shots allowed (32.4 spg) and 28th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 25.2% of their chances.
St Louis is:
- The Over is 4-1-2 the last seven games in this series
- The Over is 6-1 in their last seven vs. the Central
- The Over is 18-7-1 in their last 26 vs. a team with a winning record
The Senators went into their little break having won three of their previous four games and their offense is starting to wake back up as they scored 18 goals over their last four games, plus they have averaged 3.14 pg here at home for the year. The problem for the Sens continues to be at the other end of the Ices as they have allowed 4.38 gpg over their last eight games, while also allowing 3.64 gpg here at home for the year. The Blues have been solid at the defensive end of the ice this year, but it has been a bit different of late as they have allowed 18 goals over their last four games. The Blues have not been great on offense of late, but they should be able to score off of Craig Anderson, who has a 3.48 GAA in his career against them and a 3.35 GAA here at home for the year. Take the Over here.