St. Louis Blues (45-14-7) at Nashville Predators (28-28-10)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 15, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators +148 / St. Louis Blues -163 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Predators look to slay their second dragon in as many nights as they head home for a date with the Blues in Nashville.
The St. Louis Blues are a scary bunch are the moment as they have propelled themselves to the top of the league standings in the last couple of weeks as a 7-2-1 mark in their last 10 has them two points up on the Anaheim Ducks. The Blues chased down the Blackhawks last week who had previously laid claim to the division throne for most of the season but since the Ryan Miller trade the Blues seem to have a greater sense of confidence and will surely be one of the favourites to challenge for the Stanley Cup. The Blues are deep all over the ice and against a Predators team who has a lot of trouble scoring I think the Blues will do a good job at using their offensive balance to their advantage and wear down the bottom four defensemen.
The Predators skated in to Chicago last night and left with a huge victory over the Blackhawks which pulled the Preds to within two points of the Canucks and kept the Blackhawks in the five-hole in the Western Conference. Nashville still has playoffs on their mind as they have won three straight games and look like they can challenge for the eighth and final spot if they can continue to play the way they are at the moment. The return of Pekka Rinne has been a godsend for the Preds and while they may not sneak in they certainly have a renewed sense of confidence and should be able to play their most competitive hockey of the season down the stretch. While the idea of beating the Hawks and Blues on back to back nights is very tough to fathom I think the Preds have a shot to do it especially if Rinne gets the call again tonight. Take Nashville for a great payout as a home underdog.