Which Offense Can Continue to Do Well In This Matchup?
The Pittsburgh Penguins will head to the Enterprise Center on Thursday night to clash against the St. Louis Blues in an Eastern vs Western Conference game. These teams played just once before this final matchup in the regular season as the Penguins were able to pick up a 5-3 home win back on January 5. Pittsburgh is currently second in the Metropolitan Division (36-15-9, 81 points) while St. Louis is second place in the Central Division (34-17-7, 75 points) so far.
These teams have some well-known players that have been doing well this season so it will be an interesting matchup to figure out where we should be betting in this matchup.
St. Louis Blues’ Kyrou is Leading the Charge on the Offensive Side of Things
St. Louis Blues center Jordan Kyrou is having a breakout season. As of writing, he is tied for 28th in the league in assists and tied for 29th in points. Kyrou has posted 58 points (22 goals, 36 assists) this season, including seven points in his last four games played.
On the other end of the ice, the Pittsburgh Penguins are depending on the production of left winger Jake Guentzel, who is 17th in the NHL in goals and tied for 25th in the sport with points as he has recorded 59 points (28 goals, 31 assists) and added six points in his last five games played.
As a team offensively, the Penguins are scoring 3.25 goals on 34.5 shots while the Blues are averaging 3.55 goals on 30.8 shot attempts thus far.
Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing just 2.55 goals on 30.7 shots while St. Louis is giving up 2.74 goals on 31.4 shot attempts this season. The Penguins will have goaltender Tristan Jarry in the net as he is 29-12-6 with a 2.33 GAA and a .922 save percentage this season. On the Blues’ side of things, they will have goalie Jordan Binnington. Binnington is 13-12-3 with a .904 save percentage and a 3.08 GAA this year.
Pittsburgh Penguins at St. Louis Blues Betting Prediction
In their previous matchup, the Blues held a 3-1 lead late in the second period so St. Louis has shown the ability to dominate this Pittsburgh team. The Blues are dominating offensively as they are averaging 6.5 goals in their last two games while the Penguins are struggling to keep up by scoring 3.3 goals in their previous three games.
Pittsburgh is a decent 29-30 against the spread so far this season while St. Louis is an outstanding 33-25 against the spread. All in all, go with the St. Louis Blues to defend home ice and cover the puck line in this matchup of two solid teams.
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.