St. Louis Blues vs. Carolina Hurricanes
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 1, 2019, 7:30 PM (PNC Arena)
Moneyline: St. Louis Blue (EV) / Carolina Hurricanes -120 Over/ Under: 5.5
NHL Scores Carolina Hurricanes vs. St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
The Blues come into tonight’s contest one of the hottest teams in the NHL. While struggling for the first half of the year, the team turned out a franchise record-winning streak of 11 games in February to put them squarely in playoff contention. The Blues now sit only 5 points back of the division leading Nashville Predators in the highly competitive Central Division with 3 games in hand. Despite dropping a game to the division rival Dallas Stars last week, the team remains hot with an 8-1-1 record in their past 10 games. A big reason for their continued success has been the stellar play of rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington. Since his promotion from the minors on January 7, the young netminder has gone 15-2-1 with 5 shutouts. Becoming only the second goalie in the modern era to do so in his first 18 starts. Despite their hot play, they will still be down two key contributors tonight in Brayden Schenn and David Perron who remain out with concussions. While tonight’s match will be a tough one on the road, leading goal scorer Vladamir Tarasenko recently stated: “There’s no thinking about how many you’ve won at home or on the road. We just try to win every game. We try to keep it rolling” – which is exactly what they will look to do tonight in Raleigh.
While much of the chatter around the league has surrounded the hot play of the Blues, the Hurricanes have been heating up themselves. The Hurricanes capped off February with a 10-3 record and are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games played. While their elaborate post-game celebrations have put them under much scrutiny, they have no one to blame but themselves, as they’ve been excellent at home with a 17-10-4 record. The veteran presences’ of Captain Justin Williams and Jordan Staal have paid dividends as the teams’ youthful core has help power them up the standings. Led by leading scorer’s Sebastian Aho, Tuevo Teravainen, and Micheal Ferland; the future is not only bright, but so too is the present. They currently sit tied in 4th place in the Metropolitan Division with the perennial powerhouse Pittsburgh Penguins and only 1-point back of the Columbus Blue Jackets who just loaded up at the trade deadline. Curtis McElhinney is expected to be in goal tonight. A career backup, McElhinneys numbers have been outstanding this year to the tune of a 2.25 GAA, .923 SV% and a 16-7-1 record.
NHL Trends by Cover The Spread 365
St. Louis Blues
Blues are 7-0 in their last 7 Friday games
Under is 7-1 in Blues last 8 overall
Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan
Blues are 8-2 in their last 10 road games
Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150
Hurricanes are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Central
Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games
Hurricanes are 9-3 in their last 12 home games
Free NHL Pick St. Louis Blues vs. Carolina Hurricanes
These two teams are as even as it gets. Both teams have played 63 games thus far this season and both are the owners of 74 points. Each team has received stellar goaltending from unsuspecting sources and has an infusion of young talent leading the charge. While Carolina has a 17-10-4 record at home, St. Louis counters with a 17-10-4 away record. I believe this game is going to boil down to the last 5 minutes and see St. Louis, with slightly more depth, come out on top by one tally.
Pick: St. Louis – Even (EV)