St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators - 3/12/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators - 3/12/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators (33-20-4) vs St. Louis Blues (33-17-7)

Game Info: Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 12:30 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

Betting Odds: Nashville Predators +140 / St. Louis Blues +150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Nashville Predators host the St. Louis Blues in Saturday NHL Action.

The St. Louis Blues come into this road contest with an overall record of 33-17-7. Through 57 games, the Blues are 2nd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 201 times, good for a rank of 5th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, St. Louis is the 6th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.72 goals per game. So far, the Blues have a strength of schedule rating of 24th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 5th ranked team in the NHL.

The Nashville Predators get set to host the St. Louis Blues with an overall record of 33-20-4. This mark places them 4th in the Central division. Through 57 games, the Predators have scored 180 goals, giving them an average of 3.12. This output gives them a rank of 14th among NHL teams. On defense, Nashville is the 6th ranked unit, giving up 2.72 goals per contest. So far, the Predators have played the 23rd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Nashville's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 12th in the NHL.

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Through 53 games, the St. Louis Blues goal and overall scoring leader is Jordan Kyrou with 55 points. He has reached his mark of 22 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.9%. So far, 18.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Vladimir Tarasenko, who has 30 assists to go along with his 19 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to an even scoring differential. St. Louis's top goalie is Ville Husso, who is giving up an average of 2.16 goals per game. In his 23 games played, he has turned in 15 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 57 games, Nashville's leading goal scorer is Matt Duchene. With his 29 goals and 25 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 54. On the season, he is turning 19.0% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Predators have benefited from the strong play of Roman Josi, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Nashville's 57 games, he has come up with 15 goals on a shooting percentage of 7.8%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +14.0. Nashville's top goalie is Juuse Saros, who is giving up an average of 2.38 goals per game. In his 48 games played, he has turned in 32 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In St. Louis's 57 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 34-23. So far, the Blues have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 15 of their 28 road games. On the season, the St. Louis Blues have a per-game scoring differential of 0.77. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.21 goals. As the St. Louis Blues get set to take on the Predators, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 1-4. During this stretch, they have scored 13 goals, accounting for 45.0% of the scoring in these contests. If the Blues hope to break out of their slump, they need to pick up their offensive play. During this stretch, they have outscored their average of 2.72 goals, just 1 time. Look for the Predators to take advantage of playing a struggling Blues team, picking a road win over the Predators.

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Joe’s Pick Nashville +140

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