St. Louis Blues at Anaheim Ducks
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 23, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)|
Anaheim Ducks -110 / St. Louis Blues -110 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The St. Louis Blues and the Anaheim Ducks meet in NHL action from the Honda Center on Wednesday night.
The St. Louis Blues come into this game looking to rebound from a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in their last outing. St. Louis took the lead just after the midway point of the opening period thanks to MacKenzie MacEachern before doubling their advantage just before the final minute after a goal from Oskar Sundqvist before Tyler Toffoli pulled a goal back just :15 later. L.A. would tie the game and take the lead with a pair of unanswered goals in the 2nd period. Ryan O’Reilly tied the game early in the 3rd before Los Angeles took the lead for good just before the halfway point of the 3rd period and holding on the rest of the way to send St. Louis home empty-handed. Jordan Binnington took the loss, falling to 4-1-1 this season after allowing all 4 goals on 29 shots in the losing effort.
The Anaheim Ducks will look to rebound after being shut out by the New York Islanders on Sunday by a final score of 3-0. New York jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the midway point of the opening period thanks to a pair of goals from Cal Clutterbuck before Leo Komarov made it an eventually insurmountable 3-0 lead late in the 2nd as none of Anaheim’s 19 shots on goal found the back of the net in the losing effort. Chad Johnson ended up with the loss, bringing his record down to 2-9-0 this season after allowing all 3 goals on 28 shots faced in the loss.
St. Louis is 4-12 in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record and 2-8 in their last 10 games against the Pacific division while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall. Anaheim is 3-13 in their last 16 games overall and 0-6 in their last 6 home games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record. St. Louis is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 5-21-1 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams in Anaheim.
While neither of these teams have been anything special as of late, we can’t forget that the Ducks are still a team that’s won just 2 games in the last month and furthermore, both of those wins came on the road while the Ducks are still having issues getting the job done on home ice. Now granted, that can’t last forever and what better team to change that against than a Blues team that the Ducks have owned on home ice for a few years now. But the fact that this line is as close as it is, speaks to how poorly the Ducks have been playing so even on the road, I have to side with the team in better form as of late and that’s St. Louis.