St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators - 2/15/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Nashville Predators (27-22-7) at St. Louis Blues (32-15-10)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Enterprise Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -135 / Nashville Predators +122 --- Over/Under: 6
The Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues meet Saturday in NHL action at the Enterprise Center.
The Nashville Predators need a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 18 goals, Roman Josi has 42 assists and Ryan Ellis has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 73.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 94 goals on 896 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 76 goals on 798 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The St. Louis Blues need a win after losing five of their last six games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 25.3 percent of their power play opportunities. David Perron leads St. Louis with 23 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 41 assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 179 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 110 goals on 1,204 shots and Jake Allen has allowed 39 goals on 522 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or more goals in 10 straight games.
The Predators are 9-20 in their last 29 Saturday games, 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog. The Blues are 10-3 in their last 13 home games, 10-3 in their last 13 games as a home favorite and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The under is 5-1 in Predators last 6 overall. The over is 4-1-2 in Blues last 7 overall. The Predators are 5-11 in the last 16 meetings in St. Louis. The favorite is 30-11 in the last 41 meetings. The home team is 23-8 in the last 31 meetings.
The Nashville Predators are an inconsistent bunch that hasn't had much success against good teams and that lack of defense lately scares the hell out of me on the road. The St. Louis Blues are in a complete slump, but we know it's likely only a matter of time before they turn things around and they play their best hockey by far at home. The home team has won seven of the last nine matches between the Preds and Blues. Give me the St. Louis Blues and the somewhat cheap price.