Predators vs. Blues - 12/30/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues (22-11-3) at Nashville Predators (23-9-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -140 / St. Louis Blues +127 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, FSSM
The St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators meet Tuesday night at the Bridgestone Arena.
The St. Louis Blues have lost four of their last five games and begin a four-game road trip. The Blues are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The St. Louis Blues have one power play goal in their last four games and have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 22 goals, Jori Lehtera has 17 assists and David Backes has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Jake Allen has allowed 49 goals on 486 shots faced and Martin Brodeur has given up 13 goals on 136 shots. The Blues have lost three straight road games.
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The Nashville Predators have split their last four games and are second place in the Central. The Predators are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Nashville Predators have four power play goals in their last four games and have won seven of their last nine games when scoring at least three goals overall. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 14 goals, Mike Ribeiro has 21 assists and James Neal has 115 shots on goal. Defensively, the Predators are allowing 2.1 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Carter Hutton has allowed 11 goals on 105 shots faced and Pekka Rinne has given up 59 goals on 892 shots.
The Blues are 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The Predators are 17-4 in their last 21 home games and 3-9 in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest. The Blues are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Nashville and 11-3 in the last 14 meetings overall.
The value of the Blues and the plus money sounds good to me considering they've owned the Predators over the years and could use a win to break out of their funk. Both teams played Monday, so this is a true toss-up, which is another reason I'm taking the side that gives my dollar more value.