St. Louis Blues vs. Arizona Coyotes - 2/20/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Arizona Coyotes (30-25-8) at St. Louis Blues (33-17-10)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Enterprise Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -189 / Arizona Coyotes +170 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Arizona Coyotes and St. Louis Blues meet Thursday in NHL action at the Enterprise Center.
The Arizona Coyotes need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Conor Garland leads Arizona with 20 goals, Nick Schmaltz has 32 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 83.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 55 goals on 772 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 74 goals on 911 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 16 games.
The St. Louis Blues need a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 24.7 percent of their power play opportunities. David Perron leads St. Louis with 23 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 41 assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 190 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 112 goals on 1,228 shots and Jake Allen has allowed 43 goals on 549 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 13 games.
The Coyotes are 1-8 in their last 9 road games, 15-39 in their last 54 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-12 in their last 17 overall. The Blues are 11-4 in their last 15 home games, 11-4 in their last 15 games as a home favorite and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The under is 5-0 in Coyotes last 5 overall. The over is 4-0-1 in Blues last 5 Thursday games. The Coyotes are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings.
I'm not thrilled about having to lay this price with a struggling St. Louis Blues club, but maybe a 3-0 win over the Devils was enough to get them back on track. Either way, the Blues have the rest advantage here and home ice. The Arizona Coyotes continue to pile up the losses and effort usually doesn't improve on the end of back to backs. So while the Coyotes have won five of the last six meetings against the Blues, I have to side with the home team, even if this price is a bit steep.