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St. Louis Blues vs. Florida Panthers - 1/9/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Panthers (17-18-6) at St. Louis Blues (26-16-3)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: St. Louis Blues -155 / Florida Panthers +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL, FSMW

The Florida Panthers and St. Louis Blues meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Scottrade Center.

The Florida Panthers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Vincent Trocheck leads Florida with 15 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 25 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 37 goals on 512 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 77 goals on 877 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed a combined 12 goals during their three-game losing streak.

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St. Louis Blues vs. Florida Panthers - 1/9/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Blues also need a win here after splitting their last eight games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 18 goals, Brayden Schenn has 26 assists and Jaden Schwartz has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 86 goals on 967 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed 23 goals on 389 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed four or more goals in three of their last six games.

The Panthers are 10-21 in their last 31 games playing on 1 days rest, 9-23 in their last 32 road games and 3-9 in their last 12 vs. Western Conference. The Blues are 20-9 in their last 29 vs. Eastern Conference, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 22-8 in their last 30 vs. a team with a losing record. The Panthers are 4-9-1 in the last 14 meetings in St. Louis, 3-8 in the last 11 meetings and the road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The St. Louis Blues have beaten up on losing teams all season long and the Florida Panthers have been horrible on the road. The Panthers are also struggling on the defensive end with Luongo out for at least another three weeks or so. Given the way the Blues feast on lesser teams, you have to like them on their home ice in this spot.

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