Carolina Hurricanes at St. Louis Blues - 3/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes at St. Louis Blues - 3/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues (35-19-9) vs Carolina Hurricanes (42-15-7)

Game Info: Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Enterprise Center)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Blues -111 / Carolina Hurricanes -111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The St. Louis Blues host the Carolina Hurricanes in Saturday NHL Action.

The Carolina Hurricanes come into this road contest with an overall record of 42-15-7. Through 64 games, the Hurricanes are 1st in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 209 times, good for a rank of 13th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Carolina is the 2nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.38 goals per game. So far, the Hurricanes have a strength of schedule rating of 21st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 4th ranked team in the NHL.

The St. Louis Blues get set to host the Carolina Hurricanes with an overall record of 35-19-9. This mark places them 3rd in the Central division. Through 63 games, the Blues have scored 224 goals, giving them an average of 3.52. This output gives them a rank of 5th among NHL teams. On defense, St. Louis is the 8th ranked unit, giving up 2.81 goals per contest. So far, the Blues have played the 27th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account St. Louis's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 5th in the NHL.

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Through 61 games, the Carolina Hurricanes goal and overall scoring leader is Sebastian Aho with 63 points. He has reached his mark of 28 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.6%. So far, 43.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Andrei Svechnikov, who has 32 assists to go along with his 23 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +12.0. Carolina's top goalie is Frederik Andersen, who is giving up an average of 2.07 goals per game. In his 44 games played, he has turned in 25 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the St. Louis Blues leader in points is Jordan Kyrou. In St. Louis's 63 games, he has come up with 22 goals and 39 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 15.3%. The team's top overall goal scorer is David Perron. Of his 22 goals, 41.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +11.0. St. Louis's top goalie is Ville Husso, who is giving up an average of 2.33 goals per game. In his 27 games played, he has turned in 16 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Hurricanes have an over-under record of 29-35. However, when playing on the road, the over has fared better, going 16-15. On the season, 48.0% of Carolina's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 57% of the scoring coming from the Hurricanes. In St. Louis's 63 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 32-30-1. So far, taking the over when the Blues are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 16-15-1. On the season, 57.0% of St. Louis's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Blues. With a line set at 5.5 goals, look for the Hurricanes and Blues to surpass this line. I recommend taking the over.

 

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