St. Louis Blues vs. Phoenix Coyotes - 1/14/14
Phoenix Coyotes (21-14-9) at St. Louis Blues (31-8-5)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -200 / Phoenix Coyotes +181 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri will be the site of the Phoenix Coyotes and the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. This game will open a three game home stand for the red hot St. Louis Blues.
With 51 points on the season, the Phoenix Coyotes currently hold the spot as the last team out of the Western Conference playoffs. The Coyotes come into St. Louis playing the second of a back-to-back after dropping the first leg to the Winnipeg Jets. Phoenix took a 1-0 lead in the first against the Jets, but it was all Winnipeg from that point forward. After the 5-1 defeat to the Jets, the Coyotes have now lost three in a row and fall to a 2-5-3 mark in the last ten games overall.
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The Blues are slowly beginning to get completely healthy. St. Louis is still missing a few players, one of which is offensive threat Alexander Steen, but nevertheless the Blues are getting healthier at the right time. In fact, Steen is has taken part in light skating this week for the Blues, who come into the game against Phoenix off of a tight 2-1 loss to the Canucks in Vancouver, a game that was the second in as many nights for St. Louis and that broke a seven game winning streak for the Blues. The Blues are 9-1-1 in the last eleven games overall, which is the best record in the NHL over that span aside from the Anaheim Ducks.
The Coyotes are just 2-6 in the last eight meetings between these two teams. I’ve already mentioned how well the Blues are playing, but against Western Conference opponents the Blues are 6-1 in the last seven such games. On the other hand, Phoenix is 0-5 in the last five games versus a team with a winning record. Each of the last five Coyotes losses has come by two or more goals, and each of the last four Blues wins has come by two or more goals. With the money line offering no value at all for the home team, I think the puck line is worth a shot with the top offense in the NHL.