Blues vs. Penguins - 1/18/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (21-16-7) at St. Louis Blues (26-15-7)
NHL Hockey: Monday, January 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, NBCSN
The Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues meet Monday night at the Scottrade Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins could use a victory after losing six of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power plays. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 19 goals, Sidney Crosby has 22 assists and Phil Kessel has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 73 goals on 950 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 21 goals on 282 shots. Fleury has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The St. Louis Blues also need a victory after losing six of their last nine games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power plays. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 24 goals, Alexander Steen has 26 assists and David Backes has 97 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 41 goals on 506 shots. Elliott has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 1-7 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 3-7 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record. The Blues are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 65-30 in their last 95 vs. a team with a losing record. The road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Both teams could use a nice win here, but the Penguins have been brutal recently on the end of a back-to-back. Add the fact the Blues are at home, and I have to give the edge to the Blues in this spot.