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St. Louis Blues vs. Montreal Canadiens - 1/30/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Montreal Canadiens (20-23-6) at St. Louis Blues (30-18-3)
Date & Time Tuesday January 30, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: St. Louis Blues / Montreal Canadiens --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FS-Midwest
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NHL action comes to the Scottrade Center where the St. Louis Blues host the Montreal Canadiens. 

The Montreal Canadiens would not be going to the playoffs if the season ended Monday but the team has time to turn things around if they reverse their fortunes immediately. Montreal ended the first half on a 6-5 loss to Carolina where Charles Hudon scored twice with Brendan Gallagher, Jeff Petry and Max Pacioretty all scoring. Carey Price absorbed the loss for the Habs with six goals allowed on 29 shots.

The Hurricanes offensive explosion saw Teuvo Teravainen score twice with Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner, Derek Ryan and Justin Williams each finding the back of the net. Noah Hanifin posted three assists and Victor Rask added two more helpers to make a winner of Cam Ward and his 26 saves.

The defensive minded St. Louis Blues were third in the Central at the break thanks to the number five defense in the game that has allowed 2.5 goals per game. St. Louis ended the first half with wins in four of five following a 3-1 win versus Colorado whose lone goal came in the second off the stick of Alexander Kerfoot.

Paul Stasny and Brayden Schenn supplied power play goals for the Blues with Alexander Steen scoring an insurance goal with 1:20 remaining. The Blues received two assists from Alex Pietrangelo  and Carter Hutton stopped 36 shots to get the win. Jonathan Bernier absorbed the loss for the Avalanche with 31 saves. 

Under is 5-0 in Canadiens last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and under is 7-0 in Canadiens last 7 road games and under is 4-0-1 in Canadiens last 5 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game. Under is 5-0 in Blues last 5 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and Blues are 0-4 in their last 4 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game. Over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings in St. Louis and Canadiens are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.  

The Blues were playing well heading in to the break and don’t seem like a team that will let a few days off effect them…

Pick:
St. Louis -.5 // will update

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