Gary A. Vazquez, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Ryan O’Reilly
The NHL schedule has been a little wonky the past few weeks but Thursday night should be a good one with 14 games on the docket.
Let’s jump right in, starting with an intriguing matchup between the surging St. Louis Blues and the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.
(Season record: 33-38, +7.52 units)
St. Louis Blues (+165) at Tampa Bay Lightning (-190), 7:30 p.m. ET
The St. Louis Blues spent the first half of the season languishing near the bottom of the standings but are right in the thick of the playoff race in the mediocre Western Conference.
Over their last 25 games the Blues have really started to right the ship and the most encouraging part is that they have done it by playing well at 5v5.
Only the New York Islanders have posted a better Goals For percentage (GF%) than St. Louis’ 58.06% over that span. Additionally, the Blues lead the NHL in high-danger chances for and against per 60 over their last 25 games and their expected goals differential has soared.