Blues vs. Canadiens - 1/16/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (23-18-3) at St. Louis Blues (25-15-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -135 / Montreal Canadiens +122 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Montreal Canadiens and St. Louis Blues meet Saturday night at the Scottrade Center.
The Montreal Canadiens could use a strong win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power plays. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 17 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 17 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 84.6 percent of their power play chances. Mike Condon has allowed 62 goals on 696 shots faced and Carey Price has given up 24 goals on 365 shots. Condon has allowed five goals in his last three games.
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The St. Louis Blues could also use a nice victory after losing six of their last eight games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power plays. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 24 goals, Alexander Steen has 26 assists and David Backes has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 85.5 percent of their power play chances. Jake Allen has allowed 68 goals on 896 shots faced and Brian Elliott has given up 38 goals on 457 shots. Elliott has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Canadiens are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-7 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Blues are 58-24 in their last 82 Saturday games and 2-8 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.
Both teams are struggling big time recently, so it's tough to feel good about either team. However, I still feel like the Canadiens are the better team here and have actually beaten the Blues in three straight meetings. Give me the plus money.