Anaheim Ducks (8-2-0) at St. Louis Blues (4-3-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 30, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -132 / Anaheim Ducks +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Scottrade Center and the St Louis Blues square off with the Anaheim Ducks in Thursday night hockey action.
The Anaheim Ducks will be looking for their second consecutive road victory when they take the ice at the Scottrade Center versus the St Louis Blues. The Ducks have been a force on their own ice but proved they could be more then up to the task when the knocked off the Blackhawks at the United Center by a 1-0 count on Tuesday night. This was all about which defense or netminder would blink first and that unfortunate distinction belonged to the hometown Blackhawks. With Chicago on the power play Devante Smith-Pelley beat Scott Darling with a shorthanded tally with just under 8 1/2 minute remaining to win it for John Gibson and his 38 stops that improved his record to 5-1 while a 24 save effort from Scott Darling was a loss.
The St Louis Blues begin a homestand when the Anaheim Ducks come to the Scottrade Center on Thursday night. The Blues hope to string a few wins together to rebound from a slow start and build on a 4-3 overtime decision at Dallas on Tuesday. Vladimir Tarasenko gave the Blues the road victory when he lit the lamp at the 1:28 mark of the extra session for his first ever hat trick with Jori Lehtera also scoring and logging a pair of helpers to make a winner of Brian Elliott who stopped 25 shots. The Stars received goals from Jamie Oleksiak, Trevor Daley and Tyler Seguin with the latter two adding assists. Kari Lehtonen absorbed the defeat with 23 stops as the Stars were saddled with consecutive defeats. Dallas won this series 3-2 last season and are 0-1 this year.
The under is 5-0 in Ducks last 5 games following a win and is 4-0 in Ducks last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game while going 6-0 in Ducks last 6 overall. For St. Louis the over is 2-0-5 in Blues last 7 home games and is 3-0-3 in Blues last 6 games playing on 1 days rest with the under is 7-0-1 in Blues last 8 vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Head to head the Ducks are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings with the under going 4-1 in the last 5 meetings with the over going 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in St. Louis. I'm on the fence here because Anaheim can't win forever and the Blues won't continue losing but I won't decide until I see goalie confirmations...