The Florida Panthers (25-12-2) travel to face off against the St. Louis Blues (20-17-1) on Tuesday, January 9th. This game will be played at Enterprise Center in St. Louis and televised on ESPN+. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
Florida Panthers vs St. Louis Blues
The Florida Panthers Are Coming Off A Win
Florida comes into this game with a record of 25-12-2, which has them in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the Atlantic Division. Over their last ten games, the Panthers have gone 8-2, and they have won each of their last seven games.
When playing on the road, Florida has gone 13-7-2 this season, and they have won four straight games away from home. As the favorite, the Panthers have gone 20-9-0 this year and have won each of their last six games when favored.
Florida has gone 6-4 vs. the puck line over its last ten games and has a puck line record of 20-19 on the year. The Panthers have been favored in 29 games and have a scoring margin of +.6 goals per contest when favored. So far, the team has 16 wins by multiple goals.
Over their last three games, the Panthers have gone 3-0 vs. the puck line and 4-1 in their previous five games. On the road, Florida’s puck line record is 13-9, and they have gone 3-0 vs. the puck line in their last three road games.
The Panthers are coming off a 8-4 road win over the Avalanche. In every single period, the Panthers’ offense scored a goal against the Avalanche. Of Florida’s eight goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 29 shots on goal and one giveaways.
Going into the game, Florida was the underdog, giving them a win vs. the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 12 goals.
The St. Louis Blues Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Blues have gone 12-6-0, and they have won two straight games overall. In the Western Conference, St. Louis is in 9th place, and in the Central Division, they are in 5th place.
On the year, the Blues have gone 20-17-1, and they have been the underdog in 27 of their 38 games. Against other Western Conference teams, St. Louis has gone 12-14, and they are currently on a two-game winning streak as the underdog.
At home this season, the Blues have a puck line record of 12-6 and an average scoring margin of +.3 goals per game. So far, St. Louis has gone 21-17 against the puck line.
Overall, the Blues have 12 wins by multiple goals and 16 losses by more than one goal. In their last ten home games, the team’s puck line record is 7-3, and they have gone 5-0 against the puck line in their last five home games.
The Blues are coming off a 2-1 road win over the Hurricanes. The Blues started strong on offense with one time in the first period, but they couldn’t find the net again for the rest of the game. In the game, St. Louis managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 22 shots on goal and committed 3 turnovers.
St. Louis was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. The game ended below the over/under line of 6.5, with a combined total of 3 goals.
Florida Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Panthers are averaging 3.2 goals per game which is 16th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 3rd in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Panthers offense is 13th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 26th in the NHL.
The Panthers come in with an over/under record of 15-24-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 21 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.7 per game.
St. Louis Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Blues have an average of 2.8 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 27th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 23rd in the league. This season, the Blues have a 9-7 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 10-9 record.
This season, the Blues’ have an over/under record of 13-22-3. Throughout the season, they have played 18 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.
Florida Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Panthers head into the game ranked 29th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 26.7 shots per game against Florida. So far, they are 16th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
St. Louis Team Defense
Defensively, the Blues come into the season ranked 14th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31.5 shots per game against St. Louis. For the season, they are ranked 19th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Panthers vs Blues Trends
- The Panthers are 3-0 puck line in their three last road games and 3-0 straight-up.
- Across their ten previous home games, St. Louis has an puck line mark of 7-3. Their straight up record in these matchups was 6-4 while averaging 3 goals per game.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Blues have gone 7-3 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 6-4.
- Through their last five games as the favorite, the Panthers have an puck line record of 3-2 and a straight up mark of 5-0.
When it comes to a straight moneyline bet, look no further than the Panthers. Nevertheless, given the payout of -175, you could also think about incorporating this bet into a parlay.
My recommended pick for the puck line is to take the Blues to cover. Even if the Panthers win straight-up, this one should be close throughout and the Blues should cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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