St. Louis Blues (16-7-2) at Nashville Predators (16-6-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 4, 2014, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -135 / St. Louis Blues +123 --- Over/Under: 5
The St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators play Thursday night at the Bridgestone Arena.
The St. Louis Blues have split their last four games and are making a push in the Central division. The Blues are allowing two goals per game and have allowed nine goals in their last three games. The St. Louis Blues haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games and have won five of their last six games when allowing two or less goals. Brian Elliott has allowed 25 goals on 360 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up 27 goals on 313 shots. Offensively, the Blues are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored three power play goals in their last four games. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 14 goals, Jori Lehtera has 14 assists and Jaden Schwartz has 66 shots on goal. This is the third straight road game for the Blues.
The Nashville Predators have won four of their last five games and are also looking to lead the Central. The Predators are allowing just two goals per game and have allowed three goals in their last three games. The Nashville Predators haven’t allowed a pp goal in four of their last five games and have won nine of their last 10 when allowing two or less goals. Pekka Rinne has allowed 39 goals on 577 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up seven goals on 81 shots. Offensively, the Predators are averaging 2.6 goals and haven’t scored a pp goal in five straight. Filip Forsberg leads St. Louis with 10 goals, Mike Ribeiro has 12 assists and James Neal has 87 shots on goal.
The Blues are 8-2 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference and 36-17 in their last 53 vs. Central. The Predators are 14-2 in their last 16 home games and 8-3 in their last 11 vs. Central. The Blues are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in Nashville and 7-1 in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Nashville Predators have been nearly unbeatable on their home ice and are catching the Blues on a back-to-back after a physical game against Chicago. I like the Preadtors in this one for the resonable price.