Montreal Canadiens (23-16-5) at St. Louis Blues (17-20-4)
NHL: Thursday, January 10th, 2019 at 8:00 pm (Enterprise Center)
Line and Odds: Blues -125/Canadiens +105 Over/Under: 6
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The Montreal Canadiens are coming off of a 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings on the road. Jeff Petry scored a goal early in the 3rd period which put Montreal up 3-1. Montreal was able to hold on to that lead throughout the duration of the 3rd period to clinch the victory. The win over Detroit allowed them to stop a 2 game losing skid from becoming something more. The Canadiens have gone 6-4-0 in their last 10 games. Overall, the Canadiens have been an average hockey team. Their 23-16-5 record places them 5th in the Atlantic Division. They are 17th in the NHL in goal differential, 13th in points, and 14th in points percentage. Montreal has proven to be one of the better road teams in the NHL. The Canadiens have gone 12-7-3 in games away from Montreal. In fact, they have a better road record than home record this season. Offensively, the Canadiens hover around the middle of the league. They score 3.00 goals per game, which ranks them 14th in the NHL. Montreal puts up 33.8 shots per game, placing them 4th in the NHL. The Canadiens are 23rd with a shooting percentage of 8.9%. The biggest problem with the Canadiens offense is their ineffectiveness in power play situations. Despite being 7th in power play opportunities, they are 31st in power play percentage. They score goals in just 12.59% of their power play opportunities. RW Brendan Gallagher leads the team in goals with 16. LW Max Domi is 2nd in goals with 14. Domi leads the Canadiens in assists with 25 and points with 39. Defensively, the Canadiens are slightly below-average. They allow 3.07 goals per game, ranking 19th in the league. Montreal is 13th in shots allowed per game at 31.0. The Canadiens are 18th with a save percentage of .901.
The St. Louis Blues are trying to dig their way out of the bottom of the Central Division. The Blues are 17-20-4 and they are currently 7th out of 7 teams in their division. They are 28th in the NHL in points. St. Louis is 26th in points percentage and 23rd in goal differential. As poorly as St. Louis has played this season, they have gone 5-5-0 in their last 10 games. St. Louis is playing like a respectable NHL team. The Blues’ most recent game was a 3-1 home loss to the Dallas Stars. The Stars jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd period and the Blues were never able to make a significant comeback. St. Louis failed to score in the 3rd period despite having 12 shots on goal. The Blues have not been able to take advantage of playing at home in St. Louis. They are 10-13-2 at home and 7-7-2 on the road. St. Louis has lost 5 of the last 7 home games. If they could improve their home-ice advantage, the Blues would be able to improve their positioning in the standings. The St. Louis Blues score 2.78 goals per game, ranking 22nd in the NHL. Similarly, they are 23rd in goals allowed per game. The Blues have given up 3.20 goals per game, this season. St. Louis puts up 30.8 shots per game, ranking 20th in the league. They are 22nd with a shooting percentage of 9.0%. The strength of their team is their ability to limit the number of shots their opponents attempt. They allow just 29.6 shots per game, good for 7th in the league. However, their .892 save percentage ranks 29th in the NHL. The Blues are middle-of-the-road when it comes to power play situations. They are 17th in power play percentage, and 18th in penalty killing percentage. C Ryan O’Reilly leads the St. Louis Blues’ offensive attack. He leads the team in goals (16), assists (24), and points (40). LW David Perron is 2nd on the team in all 3 categories. He is currently on an 8-game point streak. He has totaled 11 points in the last 8 games.
Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends
Montreal is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal’s last 5 games
Montreal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
St. Louis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of St. Louis’s last 10 games at home
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Montreal
ESPN NHL Scores Montreal Canadiens vs. St. Louis Blues
I like the Canadiens +105 in this matchup. It’s tough simply too tough to take a team as poor as the Blues at a -125 moneyline. The Blues have been okay over the last 10 games, but the Canadiens have been better. Montreal will be able to take advantage of the Blues’ poor save percentage. The Canadiens are the healthier team and the home-ice advantage has been non-existent for St. Louis, this season. The Blues have been worse at home than the Canadiens have been on the road. I understand why the Blues are favored slightly, but I am jumping on the opportunity to take the Canadiens in this situation getting a number better than +100. It’ll be a tight game, but the Canadiens will win 3-2 in St. Louis. Take Montreal +105.
Montreal Canadiens +105