St. Louis Blues at Arizona Coyotes
|Date & Time||Thursday February 14, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)|
Gila River Arena
The Line: St. Louis Blues -124 / Arizona Coyotes +103 -- Over/Under:
The St. Louis Blues and Arizona Coyotes meet Thursday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The St. Louis Blues look for another victory to build on their seven-game winning streak. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 22 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 36 assists and David Perron has 85 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 103 goals on 1,007 shots faced and Jordan Binnington has allowed 24 goals on 328 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Arizona Coyotes could use a victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Galchenyuk leads Arizona with 12 goals, Clayton Keller has 28 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 125 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 84 goals on 969 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 33 goals on 351 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 11 games.
The Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite, 5-0 in their last 5 road games and 7-0 in their last 7 overall. The Coyotes are 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog, 5-13 in their last 18 home games and 3-8 in their last 11 games as a home underdog. The under is 14-6-2 in Blues last 22 road games. The under is 5-1-1 in Coyotes last 7 home games. The Blues are 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Arizona and 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.
We're getting the hottest team in hockey in the St. Louis Blues at a very cheap price. What makes this line even more bizarre is that the Arizona Coyotes are back in one of these funks where the offense can't score and the losses have returned at a high clip. The Coyotes have done very little in the underdog role and haven't played that much better at home overall. The Blues and the cheap price has to be the play here, but it's fair to question why the line isn't steeper.