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Hurricanes vs. Blues 1/30/15 - NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
St. Louis Blues (29-13-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (17-25-5)
Date & Time Friday January 30, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +135 / St. Louis Blues -149 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
FSMW, TSOH
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NHL | St. Louis Blues (29-13-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (17-25-5)
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The St. Louis Blues and Carolina Hurricanes play Friday night at the PNC Arena.

The St. Louis Blues have won eight of their last nine games and play their first road game in 24 days. The Blues are averaging 3.1 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The St. Louis Blues have two power play goals in their last six games and have won eight straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 24 goals, Alexander Steen has 25 assists and David Backes has 111 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blues are allowing 2.4 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in seven of their last 10 games. Jake Allen has given up 52 goals on 521 shots faced and Brian Elliott has allowed 43 goals on 592 shots. The Blues have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Carolina Hurricanes hope to keep things rolling after winning five of their last seven games. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.1 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Carolina Hurricanes have scored one power play goal in their last six games and have won four straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Eric Staal leads Carolina with 16 goals, Justin Faulk has 19 assists and Jeff Skinner has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in 14 of their last 15 games. Anton Khudobin has allowed 38 goals on 461 shots faced and Cam Ward has given up 75 goals on 842 shots.

The Blues are 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 42-13 in their last 55 vs. a team with a losing record. The Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Blues are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Carolina.

I'll take my chances with the Hurricanes on their home ice. The Canes are playing some of their best hockey of the season and are catching the Blues on the end of a back-to-back. I like the value of the plus money here with a team that's hot. 

Pick:
Carolina Hurricanes +135

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