Nashville Predators (40-27-11) at St. Louis Blues (42-28-7)
|Date & Time||Sunday April 2, 2017, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -135 / Nashville Predators +122 --- Over/Under: 5
Sunday NHL hockey action features a bout between the Nashville Predators and the St. Louis Blues.
The Nashville Predators avoided a three game skid with a 3-0 victory versus the visiting Minnesota Wild on Saturday afternoon. In the process, the Predators are one point away from securing a spot in the postseason for the third consecutive season. The Preds broke a scoreless contest when Kevin Fiala and Filip Forsberg lit the lamp within ten seconds of one another in a decisive second period. The game was still up for grabs late in the third before PK Subban added an empty net tally to end the hopes of a Wild comeback. Pekka Rinne was rock solid between the pipes with 31 stops to record his third shutout of the year for the year. Minnesota has dropped five of six with Alex Stalock absorbing the loss with no support to fall back on.
The St. Louis Blues have been almost machine like for the past several weeks meaning they have been racking up the wins regardless of the competition. The Blues were in cruise control and most everyone assumed the trip to the Pepsi Center Friday night was going to be yet another win. The Avalanche surprised everyone with a 2-1, shootout victory which is why the game is played on ice and not on paper because even the worse team is going to win games. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene scored in the SO for the Avs with JT Compher lighting the lamp in regulation. Calvin Pickard picked up the win on the strength of 27 saves to give Colorado their first victory in over two weeks. The Blues lone goal came off the stick of Ryan Reaves with Jake Allen getting the loss despite 31 stops.
The Predators are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and the Predators are 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games while the over is 10-1-2 in Predators last 13 Sunday games. The under is 2-0-2 in Blues last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and the under is 4-0-1 in Blues last 5 vs. Western Conference while the under is 4-0-1 in Blues last 5 overall. The Predators are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in St. Louis and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings while the Predators are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Blues and the under have been successful in this match up so I’ll back St. Louis until I see who is in the nets…