National Hockey League action on Saturday evening and the Atlantic Division will square off with the Central division as the Ottawa Senators rumble with the St Louis Blues at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The Senators enter this game off a 4-1 road win over Carolina, while the Blues are off a 5-2 road loss to Boston.
Senators Stun The Hurricanes On The Road
The Ottawa Senators have been one of the worst road teams in the league, but they have now won tyree of their last four games away from home after taking down the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 4-1 on Friday evening. Carolina has been a hot team and they were favored by -240 in the game, so it was a stunner. Overall, the Senators have won four of their last five games, but they are still tied with Detroit and New Jersey for the 2nd fewest points in the East. All three teams are 13 points out of the 8th spot in the East. The Sens had a 1-0 lead after one and they expanded it to 3-0 early in the 2nd and never looked back. Magnus Paajarvi (4th), Bobby Ryan (10th), Mark Stone (22nd), and Christian Wolanin (3rd) all scored in the win.
“With our guys back, we’ve got some firepower… and being better defensively makes us win games.”
Guy Boucher speaks to media after tonight’s win over the Hurricanes. pic.twitter.com/1TGZA0QQ2t
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) January 19, 2019
Snatching up the win was Anders Nilsson, who stopped 33 of the 34 shots that he faced to move to 7-12 with a 2.76 GAA on the year. Craig Anderson will get the nod in this one and he has gone 14-16 with a 3.58 GAA and a.905 save percentage on the year, including 3-9 with a 4.32 GAA and a .886 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 4-4 with a 3.24 GAA against the Blues. Ottawa has gone 7-16 out on the road for the year and they have averaged 2.87 gpg and have allowed a whopping 4.35 gpg in those games. The Senators check in ranked 13th in power play conversions at 20.7% and 29th in penalty kill at 75.2%.
Blues Fall In Beantown
The St Louis Blues had a nice little three-game win streak going, but they have since lost their last two games in a row. The Blues fell 2-1 in New York against the Islanders and then they followed it up with a 5-2 loss to the Bruins on the road. The Blues continue to have a long season, but despite all their struggles, they are still just four points out of the 8th spot in the jumbled Western Conference. They have plenty of time to make up the ground needed but they will need to play more consistent. St Louis has had just one three-game winning streak all year so far. Scoring in the loss to the Bruins was Ryan O’Reilly, which was his 17th of the year and Carl Gunnarsson, which was his 1st of the year.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) January 18, 2019
Absorbing the loss was Jake Allen, who allowed four goals on 26 shot attempts to fall to 15-19 with a 3.04 GAA and a .897 save percentage on the year, while here at home, he has gone 8-11 with a 3.65 GAA and a .878 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 2-1 with a 1.92 GAA against the Senators. St Louis has gone 11-15 here at home and they have averaged 3.12 gpg and have allowed 3.46 gpg in those games. St Louis enters this game ranked 16th in the league in power play conversions at 19.6% and 15th in penalty kill at 79.7%.
St Louis is:
- 74-30 in their last 104 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- 70-34 in their last 104 vs. the Atlantic
- 13-27 in their last 40 vs. the Western Conference
- 14-44 in their last 58 road games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Senators have been playing well of late, but they are playing this one on no rest and they are just 7-16 on the road. I will look for the Blues to take this one. They have struggled at home, but they are the fresher team in this one and we note that the Senators are 7-20 in their last 27 games playing on 0 days rest, while the Blues are 43-14 in their last 57 vs. a team with a winning % below .400. Take St Louis in this one as they take advantage of a tired team.
Prediction: St Louis -1.5
Full-Game Total Pick
I will look for this one to go Over the total. Jake Allen has struggled at home with a 3.65 GAA and the Sens have allowed well over 4.00 gpg on the road this year. Both offenses should have a field day in this one. The Over is 18-6-2 in Ottawa’s last 26 vs. a team with a losing record and 14-5-1 in Ottawa’s last 20 vs. the Western Conference, plus 10-4 in St Louis’ last 14 Saturday games.
Prediction: Over 6.5