St. Louis Blues (36-27-5) at Anaheim Ducks (36-23-10)
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 15, 2017, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -135 / St. Louis Blues +122 --- Over/Under: 5
The St. Louis Blues look for their sixth win in a row as they take to the road to take on the Anaheim Ducks in a big time show down of two playoff hopefuls.
The Blues have had an interesting season as they started off looking like a Cup contender but have been up and down ever since but seem to be hitting their stride at the best possible time as they have won five games in a row and are making a push towards the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. St. Louis has the makeup of playoff threat as they are well balanced up top and have a pretty rock solid blue line led by Alex Pietrangelo but a down season from Jake Allen between the pipes, the departure of Kevin Shattenkirk, and some phantom performances from some of their top forwards that contributed to Ken Hitchcock getting fired has certainly led to a tumultuous season that currently has the Blues on the outside looking in. Allen is expected to get the start as he will face off against Jonathan Bernier who has enjoyed success filling in for John Gibson in the Anaheim crease.
The Ducks meanwhile have battled consistency issues of their own this season as they have traded wins and losses over their last 10 games and are 1-9 in their last 10 following a victory but they have been dynamite at home and have beaten up on teams who struggle on the road. Anaheim is led by some familiar faces as Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry lead the charge as the Ducks currently occupy the third spot in the Pacific division and are currently tied with the Flames with 82 points but they are up on Edmonton by just a single point for the first wild card spot and five on these Blues who are quickly closing in on the crop and can close it further with a big road victory here.
The Blues are 5-1 in their last six against the Pacific and 4-0 in their last four following a win while the Ducks are 12-3 in their last 15 home games against a team with a losing road record and 5-1 in their last six against the Central. St. Louis is playing well but this looks like a tough matchup for them as the Ducks should get the victory at home.