The St. Louis Blues and Florida Panthers meet Saturday in NHL action at the FLA Live Arena. The St. Louis Blues have won 7 of their last 9 games. The Florida Panthers have split their last 10 games.
The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jordan Kyrou leads St. Louis with 6 goals, Robert Thomas has 12 assists, and Justin Faulk has 54 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 69.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 37 goals on 419 shots faced, and Thomas Greiss has given up 17 goals on 180 shots.
The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Carter Verhaeghe leads Florida with 11 goals, Matthew Tkachuk has 18 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 74 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 37 goals on 329 shots faced, and Spencer Knight has allowed 23 goals on 296 shots.
The Blues are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 8-2 in their last 10 Saturday games. The Panthers are 54-17 in their last 71 home games and 25-10 in their last 35 Saturday games. The over is 4-1 in Blues last 5 overall. The over is 5-0 in Panthers last 5 overall. The Blues are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Florida. The over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The St. Louis Blues are playing well enough to deserve a look in the underdog role, but they're on the end of a back to back and running into the Panthers at home. The Florida Panthers have been a buzz saw on their home ice dating back to last season, and they have an even bigger edge with the rest advantage. Not looking to step in front of the Panthers and the cheap price here.