The St. Louis Blues (19-17-1) travel to face off against the Carolina Hurricanes (22-13-4) on Saturday, January 6th. This game will be played at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
St. Louis Blues vs Carolina Hurricanes
The St. Louis Blues Are Coming Off A Win
Through 37 games, the Blues have achieved an overall record of 19-17-1. When on the road, St. Louis holds a 7-11-1 record, while they are 12-6-0 when playing at home. At the moment, they hold the 6th spot in the Western Central division and are ranked 11th in the Western conference. St. Louis’ average scoring difference this season sits at -0.3, which has contributed to their overall puck line record of 20-17. When playing at home, they have a scoring margin of +.3, and on the road, it is -0.9.
The Blues recently hosted the Canucks and emerged victorious with a 2-1 win. In the first period, the Blues struggled to find the net on offense, but they turned things around with one time in the second period and one goal in the third. In the game, St. Louis managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 32 shots on goal and committed 4 turnovers.
Going into the game, St. Louis was the underdog, giving them a win vs. the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 6.5, and it concluded with a combined total of 3 goals.
The Carolina Hurricanes Are Coming Off A Win
As they head into their game vs. the Blues, the Hurricanes have a 22-13-4 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 10-3-3, and they have a 12-10-1 mark on the road. At the moment, they hold the 2nd spot in the Eastern Metropolitan division and are ranked 4th in the Eastern conference. Carolina’s average scoring difference this season sits at +.4, which has contributed to their overall puck line record of 15-24. When playing at home, they have a scoring margin of +.6, and on the road, it is +.3.
The Hurricanes are coming off a 6-2 road win over the Capitals. In the opening period, the Hurricanes couldn’t find the net on offense, but they rebounded with one time in the second period and five goals in the third. Two of Carolina’s six goals came while in power play, while they scored one time when shorthanded. They finished the game with 34 shots on goal.
Carolina also picked up a win against the puck line, coming into the game favored by -1.5. With a combined total of 8 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6 goals set for the game.
St. Louis Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Blues are averaging 2.9 goals per game which is 26th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 23rd in the league. Looking at how the Blues’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 32nd in power play goals and 3rd in shorthanded goals.
The Blues come in with an over/under record of 13-21-3. Over the course of the season, they have had 24 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6.1 per game.
Carolina Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Hurricanes are scoring an 3.5 goals per game this season, ranking 4th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 1st in the league. This season, the Hurricanes are 18-10 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 4-1 record.
This season, the Hurricanes have an over/under record of 20-18-1. Throughout the season, they have played 21 games that went over the 6.5 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.6 per game.
St. Louis Team Defense
St. Louis defense takes on the Hurricanes ranked 12th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 31.6 shots per game against St. Louis. They also are 18th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Carolina Team Defense
Defensively, the Hurricanes come into the season ranked 31st in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 25.6 shots per game against Carolina. For the season, they are ranked 13th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Blues vs Hurricanes Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Blues have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.
- Although Carolina has a straight up record of 6-4 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 4-6. The team averaged 3 goals per game in these games.
- Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, Carolina has an puck line mark of 2-1 while going 1-2 straight up.
- In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Blues have a straight up record of 2-3 and an puck line mark of 2-3.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Blues to come out with a win against the Hurricanes while playing on the road. Considering the moneyline odds at +159, I’m placing my bet on the Blues to win outright.
Our projections have the Blues pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Blues, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
With an over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.
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