St. Louis Blues (28-22-5) at Montreal Canadiens (31-17-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 11, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -145 / St. Louis Blues +125 --- Over/Under: 5
NHL hockey comes to the Bell Centre with the St. Louis Blues visiting the Montreal Canadiens.
Anytime a team contains the explosive offense of the Toronto Maple Leafs the game has to go in to the win column. The St. Louis Blues did exactly that in a 2-1, overtime victory at the Air Canada Centre Thursday night. Vladimir Tarasenko was the Blues offensive star with his game winning tally in the extra session with Patrik Berglund lighting the lamp early on in the first period. Jake Allen was the star of the contest with a 31 save performance to lift St. Louis to 4-1 under new head coach Mike Yeo. The Maple Leafs offense came of the stick of Nazem Kadri with just over a minute remaining in the second but Frederik Andersen took the loss because of a lack of support.
The Arizona Coyotes have struggled for the majority of the season which leaves their postseason hopes in great jeopardy. Having said that, seeing the struggling offense of Montreal coming to town was probably a boost but after a 5-4, overtime loss the Yotes were the victim of a Canadiens offensive explosion. The Arizona offense came off the sticks of Alex Goligoski, Max Domi with Christian Dvorak scoring twice but Mike Smith and his 35 stops were not enough. The Habs saw Max Pacioretty tally two times and log two assists with Alex Galchenyuk scoring in OT while Andrei Markov and Alexander Radulov also found the back of the net. Carey Price gave Montreal the win with 20 saves.
The over is 6-1-3 in Blues last 10 vs. Atlantic and the over is 5-1 in Blues last 6 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game while the Blues are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 3-0-2 in Canadiens last 5 Saturday games and the Canadiens are 0-7 in their last 7 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game while the Canadiens are 0-6 in their last 6 games following a win. The under is 2-0-2 in the last 4 meetings in Montreal and the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings while the over is 3-1-3 in the last 7 meetings.
The trends are a bit all over the place with the home team usually coming out on top although I lean St. Louis while waiting for goalies…