Nashville Predators (8-3-2) at St. Louis Blues (9-3-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 8, 2014, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -174 / Nashville Predators +158 --- Over/Under: 5
The Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues square off Saturday night at the Scottrade Center.
The Nashville Predators have won five of their last eight games and are in the heart of the Central Division. The Predators defense has carried the way, as they’re allowing just two goals per game. The Nashville Predators have won 12 of their last 13 games when allowing two or less goals. Ironically, the Predators are brutal on the power play, killing just 71.1 percent of their chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 21 goals on 310 shots and Carter Hutton has allowed four goals on 62 shots. Offensively, James Neal leads the way with seven goals, Filip Forsberg has eight assists and Craig Smith has 35 shots on goal. The Predators have four power play goals in their last four games and have won three of their five games this season when they’ve scored on the power play.
The St. Louis Blues are the hottest team in the league right now with seven straight wins. Like the Predators, the Blues are getting it done defensively, allowing 1.9 goals on the season and eight goals in their last five games. The St. Louis Blues have won nine of their last 11 games this season when allowing three or less goals. Jake Allen has allowed seven goals on 124 shots and Brian Elliott has allowed 17 goals on 212 shots faced. While struggling on the power play, the Blues are a perfect 6-6 in killing it the last two games. Offensively, Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with nine goals, Kevin Shattenkirk has 10 assists and Jaden Schwartz has 44 shots on goal. The Blues have scored at least one power play goal in their last three games.
The Predators are 11-4 in their last 15 games playing on 1 days rest and 14-6 in their last 20 overall. The Blues are 43-17 in their last 60 home games and 42-18 in their last 60 games playing on 1 days rest. The Predators are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in St. Louis and 1-10 in the last 11 meetings overall.
It's nearly impossible to pick against the Blues with the way they've been playing the last couple of weeks. It's even harder knowing that St. Louis has dominated Nashville over the years. Look for the Predators to extend their winning streak another game.