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#61 New Jersey Devils 5.5 vs.
#62 St. Louis Blues -280
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 8:05pm EST
Enterprise Center, St Louis
Written by Valdis Pans

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Having lost five games in succession, the St. Louis Blues (1st in Central Division) will try to bounce back while hosting the New Jersey Devils (8th in Metropolitan), who have won four of their last six contests…

Devils Win One More

The New Jersey Devils (22-26-10) ended last week on a positive note, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 after a shootout at Prudential Center on Sunday. It was the team’s fourth victory in its last six games (4-2-0) after New Jersey managed to pick up just one triumph in seven outings prior (1-3-3). The Devils are still occupying the dead last position in the Metropolitan Division, having collected 54 points from 58 matchups, trailing the playoff crowd of the Eastern Conference by 17 points. Kyle Palmieri leads the team with 22 goals and 41 points.

Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood has made 41 appearances (37 starts) so far this year and is 19-12-7 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.79 GAA and a .913 save percentage. He has never faced the St. Louis Blues before, but is 3-3-3 against the Central Division historically with a 2.89 GAA and a .911 save percentage. The Devils, meanwhile, are scoring the 9th lowest number of goals per game (2.72), while giving up the 2nd highest bulk on the defensive end (3.41). They are 27th in power play (16.0%) and 14th in penalty kill (80.8%).

Blues Extend Skid

The current losing skid of the St. Louis Blues (32-17-10) extended to a season-high five consecutive outings (0-3-2) after the team lost both back-to-back, home-and-home contests against the Nashville Predators in a matter of 27 hours throughout the weekend. With that, the reigning Stanley Cup champions have now dropped 10 of their past 12 decisions (2-7-3) after winning four outings in a row previously. They are still leading the Central Division, being on level 74 points from 59 matchups with the Dallas Stars, with the Colorado Avalanche trailing the pair by a single point and with a game in hand. David Perron leads the Blues with 23 goals and 56 points.

After 42 starts so far this year, goalie Jordan Binnington has posted a 24-11-7 total for the season with a 2.72 GAA and a .909 save percentage. He has won his only previous start versus New Jersey, allowing three goals on 23 shots in an 8-3 victory for St. Louis in February 2019, while Jake Allen (8-6-3 on the year with a 2.36 GAA and a .922 save percentage) has gone 7-0-0 against the Devils previously with a 1.27 GAA and a .948 save percentage. The Blues are 14th in most goals scored per game (3.15), 10th in least goals allowed on average (2.86), 4th in power play (24.7%) and 18th in penalty kill (79.1%).

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The Devils have gone on a pretty impressive run of games recently, winning four of their past six contests. Still, don’t expect that trend to improve during the visit of St. Louis, which has had a nightmare of a time lately with just two wins on the last 12 occasions, but has been quite a force against New Jersey historically. The Blues have triumphed in 15 of their previous 17 encounters with the Devils, banking wins in the very last 11 meetings. And while St. Louis has a five-game losing run to escape from, the team has been excellent versus sides with a poor overall record, banking 55 of its last 73 matchups against opponents with a winning percentage below the .400 mark. Expect the reigning Stanley Cup holders to bounce back in this one!

Prediction: St. Louis Blues (-250)

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Four of the past five encounters between the two teams in St. Louis have raked in quite an impressive amount of goals, averaging no less than eight strikes per fixture. So, do bank on this particular contest to deliver some goals once again! Five of the previous seven outings of the Devils versus sides with a winning record have all gone past the set goal-mark, while the very last six contests of the Blues against teams from the Eastern Conference have all seen plenty of strikes on the scoreboard.

Prediction: Over 6
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Written By Valdis Pans

Valdis got his first ever article published when he was 13, and has rarely stopped. He has worked for FHM, MTV Baltics and has done loads of freelance (from columns for Cosmopolitan magazine to helping with organization of Macy Gray's shows in the Northern Europe). Speaks five different languages, loves pizza, American Horror Story and pipe organ music, and knows European soccer better than dates of his family members' birthdays. Is an avid fan of ice-hockey too. He is a Latvian after all...