St. Louis Blues (21-6-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (14-15-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 14, 2013, 7:00 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +148 / St. Louis Blues -163 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Blues look to continue their winning ways as they head to the road to face the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Saturday.
The Blues have been one of the game’s best teams since the puck dropped in October and sit with a very impressive 21-6-3 record so far this season and if not for having a handful of games in hand on the Hawks they could very well be sitting atop the league standings. St. Louis is a team that built to make a long playoff push as they are very deep starting from the crease out and have a ton of skilled players from top to bottom which is something very few teams in the league possess. Jaroslav Halak is putting up Vezina numbers in the St. Louis crease and Alex Pietrangelo has a spot on the Canadian Olympic team to look forward to in a couple weeks and something St. Louis fans will be looking forward to for the rest of this season and for many to come. Halak will get the call for the Blues here as he goes up against Mike McKenna who his making his first start in the NHL.
The Blue Jackets continue to rally without starting net minder Sergei Bobrovsky and while Curtis McIllhenny has filled in nicely it will be the youngster McKenna getting the call for the Jackets in this one. Columbus has won two straight and 6 of their last 10 yet still sit a game under .500 and will be hard pressed against a Blues team who has an 8-4-1 mark on the road this season. The Jackets have been decent at home as 8 of their 14 wins have come in Columbus but against a Blues team who ranks near the top in terms of defensive productivity they might be hard pressed to get a win here. The line in this one will move depending on the confirmation of goaltenders but either way I just don’t see how the Blues drop this one based on how well they played against the Leafs two nights ago and I think the Blues get it done in regulation.