Ducks vs. Blues - 1/8/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues (23-14-6) at Anaheim Ducks (16-16-7)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 8, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -117 / St. Louis Blues +106 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, FSW2
The St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks square off late Friday night at the Honda Center.
The St. Louis Blues need a nice victory after losing five of their last six games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power plays. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 24 goals, Alexander Steen has 24 assists and David Backes has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 85.4 percent of their power play chances. Jake Allen has allowed 67 goals on 884 shots faced and Brian Elliott has given up 30 goals on 355 shots. Allen has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Anaheim Ducks look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 1.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power plays. Corey Perry leads the Ducks with 14 goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 20 assists and Rickard Rakell has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 89.1 percent of their power play chances. Frederik Andersen has allowed 46 goals on 530 shots faced and John Gibson has given up 26 goals on 365 shots. Anderson has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Ducks are 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games and 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blues are 16-6 in their last 22 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Blues are 7-20-1 in the last 28 meetings in Anaheim and 3-8 in the last 11 meetings overall.
The Blues are in a nice little slump heading into this matchup while the Ducks are starting to find ways to win games even if it isn't consistent. Still, I'll take the Ducks at home for the cheap price given the form of both teams right now.