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Blues vs. Maple Leafs - 1/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs (22-20-3) at St. Louis Blues (27-13-4)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: St. Louis Blues -200 / Toronto Maple Leafs +180 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW, NHL

The Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues play Saturday at the Scottrade Center.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost six of their last seven games and end a four-game road trip. The Maple Leafs are averaging three goals per game and have scored one goal in their last three games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have scored two power play goals in their last six games and have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk have combined for 38 goals, Cody Franson has 21 assists and Tyler Bozak has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Maple Leafs are allowing 3.1 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in seven of their last 10 games. Jonathan Bernier has allowed 81 goals on 960 shots faced and James Reimer has given up 51 goals on 542 shots.

Blues vs. Maple Leafs - 1/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Blues are climbing up the Central with wins in five of their last six games. The Blues are averaging 3.1 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The St. Louis Blues have scored three power play goals in their last four games and have won five straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 24 goals, Alex Pietrangelo has 22 assists and David Backes has 106 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Jake Allen has allowed 52 goals on 521 shots faced and Martin Brodeur has given up 17 goals on 169 shots.

The Maple Leafs are 16-39 in their last 55 road games and 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Blues are 54-21 in their last 75 home games and 48-18 in their last 66 vs. Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings and the road team is 14-6-2 in the last 22 meetings.

The value here is on the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team that still has a winning record and can keep up with the Blues offensively. I'll take my chances with Toronto and the heavy plus money. 

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Toronto Maple Leafs +180

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