New York Rangers vs. St. Louis Blues - 3/3/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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St. Louis Blues (39-17-10) at New York Rangers (35-26-4)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers +127 / St. Louis Blues -140 --- Over/Under: 6
TV: MSG, FSMW
The St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers meet Tuesday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.
The St. Louis Blues look to build on their seven-game winning streak. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.9 percent of their power play opportunities. David Perron leads St. Louis with 25 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 46 assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 206 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 120 goals on 1,339 shots and Jake Allen has allowed 47 goals on 599 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or more goals in 13 of their last 19 games.
The New York Rangers look for a win after winning nine of their last 12 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 32 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 24 assists and Jacob Trouba has 159 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 79 goals on 852 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 86 goals on 980 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 14 games.
The Blues are 6-0 in their last 6 games as a favorite, 3-9 in their last 12 road games and 7-0 in their last 7 overall. The Rangers are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 8-3 in their last 11 games as an underdog and 9-3 in their last 12 overall. The over is 7-3-1 in Blues last 11 road games. The over is 4-0 in Rangers last 4 overall. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
I often talk about hockey being a sport where you ride the hot hand and it doesn't get much hotter than the St. Louis Blues and seven straight wins. With that said, the New York Rangers have been very kind to us over these last few weeks, especially in the underdog role, which has made them the most profitable team in the sport by a decent margin. I've blindly backed the New York Rangers these last few weeks and it's paid off in a major way. Plus money at home? I have to take it, even if the Blues are the hottest team in the league right now.