St. Louis Blues at Carolina Hurricanes
|Date & Time||Friday March 1, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)|
Carolina Hurricanes -113 / St. Louis Blues -106 -- O/U: 5.5
The St. Louis Blues and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in NHL action from the PNC Arena on Friday night.
The St. Louis Blues will look to build on a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the first period and still deadlocked at 0-0 after 40 minutes of play before Tyler Bozak finally scored the 1st goal of the game to give St. Louis a lead that they would not relinquish. Alex Pietrangelo added an empty-net goal to secure the win with :04 to go, sending Nashville home empty-handed. Jordan Binnington continued his strong start, stopping all 19 shots faced to get the win to improve to 15-2-1 with his 5th shutout of the season.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak after a 6-1 win over Los Angeles in their last outing. Dougie Hamilton and Sebastian Aho staked the ‘Canes a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Mikael Ferland and Jaccob Slavin scored 1:54 apart to make it 4-0 before Teuvo Teravainen and the aforementioned Hamilton scored :40 apart to make it a 6-0 lead before the Kings scored a consolation goal in the 3rd. Petr Mrazek got the win to improve to 15-12-3 after stopping 22 of 23 shots faced in the winning effort.
St. Louis is 10-2 in their last 12 games following a win and 8-2 in their last 10 road games while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall. Carolina is 9-3 in their last 12 home games and 19-7 in their last 26 games overall while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games against the Central division. St. Louis is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Carolina.
It’s hard to split these two when you see that both have gone 19-7 in their last 26 games, but even so, I feel like the value is too good to pass on with St. Louis here. Sure, Carolina has been solid at home, as the celebrations post-game are what’s rallying the fan base around this team and the Hurricanes are making a serious push for the playoffs. However, you could give a bit more weight to the fact that St. Louis has been winning a lot of games on the road, have had a lot of success in this matchup, and arguably have the hotter goaltender between the pipes if Binnington starts, as the rookie has been en fuego since taking over the starting role. I think St. Louis continues their recent dominance over Carolina, so I’ll side with the Blues for a huge road win here.