St. Louis Blues vs. New York Islanders - 2/27/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New York Islanders (35-20-7) at St. Louis Blues (37-17-10)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Enterprise Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -169 / New York Islanders +150 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV: FS-Midwest, MSG+
The New York Islanders and the St. Louis Blues meet in NHL action from the Enterprise Center on Thursday night.
The New York Islanders will look to rebound from a 4-3 overtime loss to the Rangers last time out. The Rangers took the lead with the lone goal of the opening period and doubled the lead less than eight minutes into the 2nd before Jean-Gabriel Pageau score his 1st as an Islander with just under three minutes to go in the 2nd. The Rangers restored the two-goal cushion just before the midway point of the 3rd, but Jordan Eberle cut the deficit to 3-2 with just under six minutes to go in the 3rd and Brock Nelson would tie the game at three with :18 to play, forcing an extra period. However, the extra frame didn’t last long as the Rangers potted the game-winning goal within the first minute of OT, sending the Isles back with just a single point to show for their work. Semyon Varlamov took the loss, falling to 19-12-5 on the year after giving up 4 goals on 28 shots faced in the losing effort.
The St. Louis Blues will look to add to their current five-game winning streak after a 6-5 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last time out. Brayden Schenn opened the scoring for the Blues, but Chicago would tie the game and take the lead in a span of 3:14 later in the opening frame. The Blackhawks went ahead 3-1 before Robert Thomas cut into the deficit just over six minutes later, giving us a 3-2 game heading to the 3rd. Ryan O’Reilly and Zach Sanford tied the game and gave St. Louis the lead :16 apart around the four minute mark of the 3rd but the Blackhawks would tie the game at four just 1:13 later and would take their own lead again three minutes later. Justin Faulk tied the game at five 1:12 after that before Sanford’s second goal of the game with just over six minutes to go proved to be the game-winner as Chicago couldn’t respond the rest of the way. Jordan Binnington got the win to improve to 28-11-7 on the year after stopping 25 of 30 shots faced in the winning effort.
New York is 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Western Conference. St. Louis is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 41-20 in their last 61 home games while the over is 8-3-1 in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record. New York is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
The plus money with the Islanders is tempting, but the problem is that New York isn’t playing as consistently as they were earlier in the year, while the Blues are back to looking like the Blues again, winning 5 straight and looking like a team that’s poised to defend their crown in a few weeks when the postseason rolls around. I just think this is a game where the Islanders are simply overmatched, so I’ll take St. Louis for the win and to get the price down, I’ll side with St. Louis in regulation.