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St. Louis Blues vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 12/30/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes (18-12-7) at St. Louis Blues (23-15-2)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: St. Louis Blues / Carolina Hurricanes --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSS, FSMW

The Carolina Hurricanes and St. Louis Blues meet Saturday in NHL action at the Scottrade Center.

The Carolina Hurricanes look for another victory after winning seven of their last eight games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 12 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 20 assists and Sebastian Aho has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 68 goals on 655 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 34 goals on 395 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed two or less goals in six of their last eight games.

St. Louis Blues vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 12/30/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Blues could also use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 16.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Schenn leads St. Louis with 17 goals, Jaden Schwartz has 21 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 164 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 78 goals on 901 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed 14 goals on 270 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.

The Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 3-7 in their last 10 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Blues are 21-6 in their last 27 games playing on 0 days rest, 87-38 in their last 125 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Hurricanes are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings, the road team is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The Hurricanes enter this game in better form, but the St. Louis Blues are due for a bounce back victory and have been lights out when playing on the end of a back to back. Despite the losses, the Blues are still sharp on the defensive end, so it's only a matter of time before they get a much needed victory. Give me St. Louis here. 

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