Blues vs Hurricanes Prediction - NHL Picks 1/6/24

Carolina Hurricanes (22-13-4) vs St. Louis Blues (19-17-1)

Game Info: Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 8:00 pm (PNC Arena)

Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -188 / St. Louis Blues +155 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The St. Louis Blues will play the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. St. Louis has lost two of their last three games, while Carolina is on a five game winning streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Blues vs Hurricanes prediction.

Blues Preview

The St. Louis Blues are 19-17-1 this year after they defeated Vancouver by a score of 2-1 in their last game. St. Louis trailed 1-0 after the first period, but they scored the final two goals in the game for the win. The Blues out shot Vancouver by a total of 32-26 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. St. Louis lost to Pittsburgh by a score of 4-2 and Colorado by a score of 2-1 in the two games prior to Pittsburgh. The Blues are scoring 2.86 goals per game and they are allowing 3.19 goals against per game, while going 11.1% on the power play and 79.6% on the penalty kill. Robert Thomas has led St. Louis with 16 goals, 25 assists, and 80 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington, who is 12-11-1 this year with a 3.14 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. 

Hurricanes Preview

The Carolina Hurricanes are 22-13-4 this season after they defeated Washington by a score of 6-2 in their last game. Carolina trailed 2-0 in the first period, but they scored five goals in the third period to pull away for the win. The Hurricanes out shot Washington by a total of 34-17 and went 2-3 on the power play in the game. Carolina has also defeated the Rangers, Maple Leafs, Canadiens, and Predators during this five game winning streak. The Hurricanes are scoring 3.39 goals per game and they are allowing 3.05 goals against per game, while going 27.3% on the power play and 83.1% on the penalty kill. Sebastian Aho has led Carolina with 15 goals, 31 assists, and 107 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Carolina is Antti Raanta, who is 7-5-1 this year with a 3.56 goals against average and a .855 save percentage. 

Carolina Hurricanes Team Facts

  • The Hurricanes have lost three of their last four games as favorites against Central Division opponents.
  • The Hurricanes have failed to cover the puck line in 10 of their last 12 games at PNC Arena following a road win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the last six games between the Blues and Hurricanes.
  • The Hurricanes have won the second period in each of their last four games as favorites.

St. Louis Blues Team Facts

  • The Blues have won each of their last three games as underdogs against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The home team has covered the puck line in each of the Blues' last five games.
  • The Blues have lost the first period in each of their last six Saturday games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in 17 of the Blues' last 18 games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.

Carolina Hurricanes Player Prop Facts

  • Seth Jarvis has scored at least one goal in each of the Hurricanes' last three games against the Blues.
  • Andrei Svechnikov has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine appearances at PNC Arena.
  • Stefan Noesen has recorded at least one assist in each of the Hurricanes' last four games against Central Division opponents.
  • Seth Jarvis recorded an equal-career-high two assists in his last game against the Blues.

St. Louis Blues Player Prop Facts

  • Robert Thomas has scored a goal in four of the Blues' last five games against opponents who are playing on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Robert Thomas has recorded at least one point in each of the Blues' last seven Saturday night games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Robert Thomas has recorded at least one assist in five of the Blues' last six games as underdogs against the Hurricanes.
  • Kevin Hayes has the equal-most multi-goal games for the Blues this season (2).

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Carolina Hurricanes rank 1st in the league for shots against per game this season (25.7).
  • The Carolina Hurricanes rank T1st in the league for power play goals this season (38).
  • The St. Louis Blues rank 32nd in the league in penalty minutes this season (243).
  • The St. Louis Blues rank T1st in the league in short handed goals this season (9).

Blues vs Hurricanes Betting Prediction

The Hurricanes come into this game playing great hockey and they are on a five game winning streak, but they will be on a back to back here. St. Louis has been very inconsistent this season and they are only 7-11-1 on the road, while Carolina is 10-3-3 at home. Carolina has allowed two goals or fewer in four of their last five games and they will face a Blues team that has only scored a total of seven goals in their last four games. I think we are going to see a lower scoring game and I like the under here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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