Panthers vs Blues NHL Odds, Picks, Predictions
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- The St. Louis Blues host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night in an NHL matchup.
- Both teams are having forgettable seasons and will put out shaky goaltenders for this game.
- Continue reading for a full breakdown of this matchup, including how to bet it.
Panthers vs. Blues Odds
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The Florida Panthers take on the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday in a battle of underachieving teams.
Florida is coming off a shootout win against the Minnesota Wild and is still vying for a playoff spot, but consistent .500 hockey won’t get it there.
The Blues have had a very hard time this season. Despite winning in overtime against the Coyotes on Saturday, they’re still playing dreadful hockey by going 3-7 in their last 10 games. From the looks of it, they may go into rebuilding mode, and I’m not too bullish on the Blues’ future.
Here’s a look at our odds, as well as our prediction for the Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues.
Matthew Tkachuk and the Panthers have been a match made in heaven, as offseason trade acquisition has 72 points in 52 games. Behind him, captain Aleksander Barkov is having another point-per-game season, while both Carter Verhaeghe and Brandon Montour are chipping in as everyday point producers.
The season may be a bit of a roller coaster for Florida, but the charts favor them. The Panthers are currently seventh in expected goals with a 53.68 xGF% and third in high danger chances.
Defensively, things can certainly be better. They allow a 10th-worst 3.44 goals per game, and are 22nd in expected goals allowed.
Since Sergei Bobrovsky played Monday night in Minnesota, I would expect Spencer Knight to get the nod. Knight’s been in and out of the lineup due to injuries, and his numbers have been pretty average. He’s playing to a .903 SV% and a -1.4 goals saved above expected (GSAx).
St. Louis Blues
With the trade of Vladimir Tarasenko, what’s next for the Blues? Moving forward, Jordan Kyrou, Pavel Buchnevich and Robert Thomas will be the core pieces, but after that, it’s uncertain.
Ryan O’Reilly is a name on the trade block as well as Ivan Barbashev. However, with the uncertainty, I can’t help but wonder if it interferes with their play.
Things have continued to go down the drain as St. Louis places as one of the league’s worst offenses. The Blues hardly drive any play with a 45.72 xGF% and are ranked 27th in high danger chances.
What was once a steady defensive team is no more. The Blues allow the sixth-most goals (3.63) per game and are eighth worst in expected goals against.
Since winning the Stanley Cup, Jordan Binnington’s play has underwent a steady trend downward. This hasn’t been so kind to him either. Since January 1, Binnington is playing to a dreadful .876 SV% and a -10.5 GSAx.
Panthers vs. Blues Pick
I don’t trust either of the Panthers and Blues enough to take a moneyline here. Perhaps, I’d give Florida a slight advantage if it wasn’t coming off a back-to-back, but that’s not the case here.
Florida and St. Louis are two horrible defensive teams with two goalies playing who have struggled mightily. Knight is just coming off an injury, so he’ll most likely be rusty, and Binnington has been a tire fire for the better part of a month and a half.
The Panthers have been able to generate a ton of play, scoring 3.47 goals a game, which is a poor matchup for the Blues’ bottom-ranked defense. The Blues, albeit struggling in both departments, do have capable players who can light the lamp, so I expect them to slightly help our goal to reach over the total.
Pick: Over 6.5 (-118)
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