The St. Louis Blues will host the New Jersey Devils in an inter-conference battle Tuesday evening from the Enterprise Center. The Devils registered a 3-2 home win over the Hurricanes on Sunday, and the Blues are coming off a 5-4 road win over the Predators. The Blues defeated the Devils in both meetings last season.
Devils Open Road Trip on Winning Note
The New Jersey Devils will head out on a three-game road trip in this contest. The Devils stand at 7-17-3 on the road this season. New Jersey is coming off a 3-2 home win over the Hurricanes on Sunday. Devils’ point leader Kyle Palmieri snapped a three-game pointless drought with his 18th assist of the season in the win. The eight-year veteran right-winger only has two points on the month, and he is up to 41 points on the season.
Nico Hischier also ended a three-game pointless streak with two assists in Sunday’s victory. The 20-year old center has recorded four points in his last five games, and he has tallied 39 points on the season. Hischier scored one goal in two games against the Devils last season. The Devils continue to play without Taylor Hall and Sami Vatanen.
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— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) February 11, 2019
The Devils could go with either Keith Kinkaid or Corey Schneider in goal in this contest. Kinkaid tallied the win on Sunday, and he owns a 15-16-6 record paired with a 3.15 GAA, and Schneider stands at 0-6-2 with a terrible 4.12 GAA. New Jersey is scoring an average of 2.9 goals per game, ranking them 20th in the NHL. They are conceding an average of 3.4 goals, pegging them down at 28th in the NHL.
Blues Extend Winning Streak to Six Games
The St. Louis Blues enter this contest as one of the hottest teams in the NHL. They have won six consecutive games which included a 5-4 overtime road win over the Predators on Sunday. Vladimir Tarasenko extended his point streak to eight games with the hat trick in the winning effort. The dynamic veteran right-winger is red-hot, collecting five goals in his last five games, and he now has 22 goals and 19 assists on the season. Tarasenko recorded two goals and two assists in two games against the Devils last season.
Blues’ scoring leader Ryan O’Reilly picked up two helpers in Sunday’s triumph. The 28-year old center is consistently producing this season, racking up 55 points in 54 games. St. Louis stands at 13-13-2 at home this season.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) February 10, 2019
The Blues have given the bulk of the playing time in net to Jordan Binnington due to Jake Allen’s struggles. Binnington has played a big role in the Blues’ recent winning ways, sporting a 9-1-1 record with a stifling 1.72 GAA and a .931 save percentage, while Allen owns a 16-15-4 record paired with a 3.07 GAA and an .898 save percentage. St. Louis is averaging 2.8 goals per game, placing them 24th in the NHL. They are holding opponents to 2.9 goals, positioning them 13th overall.
The St. Louis Blues are:
- 6-0 in their last 6 home games against the Devils.
- 8-2 in their last 10 games when playing on one day of rest.
- 6-0 in their last 6 games overall.
The New Jersey Devils are:
- 1-7 in their last 8 games against the Central division.
- 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win.
- 3-13 in their last 16 meetings against the Blues.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am taking the Blues on the goal line (-1.5) for added value on the line. The Blues are red-hot, winning six consecutive games which included two wins against a strong Nashville team. The Blues defensive play has been stellar, allowing two or fewer goals in five out of their last six games.
Furthermore, New Jersey is one of the worst road teams in the NHL where they own a 7-17-3 record, and they have dropped three out of their last four games overall. They have received some of the worst goaltending in the NHL, and I expect the Blues to come away with a decisive home win.
Prediction: St. Louis Blues -1.5
Full-Game Total Pick
I am opting with the under in this contest. The under has been a common trend for St. Louis as it has converted in three out of their last four games. New Jersey is only averaging 2.3 goals in their last 10 games overall, and the under is 5-0 in their last five games when playing their fourth game in six days.
In addition, while I expect some offense from St. Louis, the Devils have conceded two or fewer goals in two out of their last three games, plus the under is 4-0 in the Blues last four home games.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The Blues should be able to contain the Devils. New Jersey isn’t the same team without Taylor Hall who remains out of the lineup. Also, the Blues continue to receive spectacular goaltending from Jordan Binnington who owns a dominant 9-1-1 record on the season.
Prediction: New Jersey Team Total: Under
Half-Time Side Pick
I am siding with St. Louis on the first period line. The Blues best defensive period occurs in the first frame where they have only conceded 43 goals on the season. Also, the Devils have been outscored by a 60-53 margin in the opening period this season.
Prediction: First Period Line: St. Louis