The St. Louis Blues (15-15-1) travel to face off against the Florida Panthers (18-11-2) on Thursday, December 21st. This game will be played at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise. Both the Blues and Panthers will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
St. Louis Blues vs Florida Panthers
The St. Louis Blues Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Blues have a mark of 15-15-1. When going on the road, St. Louis has a record of 6-10-1 record, while they are 9-5-0 at their home arena. They are currently positioned 6th in the Western Central division and 9th in the Western conference. This season, St. Louis has managed to win 10 games by a margin of more than one goal while losing 15 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 15-16.
Coming off a 6-1 loss on the road to the Lightning, the Blues are hoping to bounce back today. In the first and second periods, the Blues couldn’t find the net on offense, but they managed to score one goal in the third period. During power plays, the team scored one goal. In total, they recorded 29 shots on goal and had 3 giveaways.
As the underdog, St. Louis suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. With a combined total of 7 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6.5 goals set for the game.
The Florida Panthers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
As they head into their game vs. the Blues, the Panthers have a 18-11-2 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 9-4-0, and they have 9-7-2 mark on the road. They are currently positioned 3rd in the Eastern Atlantic division and 6th in the Eastern conference. Florida has 11 wins by more than one goals and dropped nine games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 15-16 this season.
Coming off a 3-1 loss on the road to the Flames, the Panthers are hoping to bounce back today. On offense, the Panthers scored one time in the first period, but that was all the scoring they could come up with for the game. The team’s one goal occurred during a power play, and they managed to take 34 shots on goal while also having 9 giveaways.
Florida took a loss against the puck line, going into the game as the favorites with a -1.5-point advantage. The game finished below the over/under line of 6 with a combined total of 4 goals.
St. Louis Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Blues come in averaging 2.8 goals per game this season, which is 26th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 21st in the league. St. Louis’ offense comes into the game ranked 31st in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 2nd in the NHL.
This season, the Blues’ have an over/under record of 12-17-2. Throughout the season, they have played 19 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.
Florida Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Panthers are scoring an 2.9 goals per game this season, ranking 22nd in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 3rd in the league. Looking at how the Panthers’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 21st in power play goals and 29th in shorthanded goals.
The Panthers’ over/under record this season is 13-18-0. For the season, they have had 18 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 5.5 goals per game.
St. Louis Team Defense
Defensively, the Blues are currently 9th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32 shots per game against St. Louis. They also are 15th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Florida Team Defense
Defensively, the Panthers are currently 28th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 27 shots per game against Florida. They also are 13th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Blues vs Panthers Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, St. Louis has an puck line record of 1-4 while averaging 1 per game. The team went 1-4 overall in these games.
- Through their last five home contests, the Panthers offense has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing an average of 2. Florida posted an overall record of 2-3 while going 2-3 ATS.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Panthers have a straight up record of 2-3 and an puck line mark of 5-0.
- Going back to their previous five games as the favorite, St. Louis has an puck line mark of 2-3 while going 2-3 straight up.
If you’re looking for a moneyline bet in this one, we have the Panthers coming out on top. However, with the lines sitting at -217, I’d recommend looking to the spread as our projections have the Panthers winning by more than one goal.
When it comes to a puck line pick, our choice is the Panthers to secure the win and cover. Expect the Panthers to dominate this one with a multi-goal win over the Blues.
If you’re looking at the the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will stay below that threshold, and we strongly suggest placing a bet on the under.
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