New Jersey Devils at St. Louis Blues
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 12, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Blues: -1.5 (+132) / St. Louis Blues -263 / New Jersey Devils +200 / New Jersey Devils: 1.5 (-164)
The New Jersey Devils and the St. Louis Blues meet in NHL action from the Enterprise Center on Tuesday night.
The New Jersey Devils will look to build on a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in their last outing. Pavel Zacha and Marcus Johansson staked the Devils a 2-0 lead after the first period by scoring in the 2nd half of the first period. Carolina pulled one back with the lone goal of the 2nd before Johansson regained the two-goal cushion with just over four minutes to go. Carolina pulled one back late but that’s as close as the ‘Canes got as New Jersey closed the door. Keith Kinkaid got the win to improve to 15-16-6 after stopping 33 of 35 shots faced in the winning effort.
The St. Louis Blues will look to build on their 6-game winning streak after taking the home-and-home series with Nashville by a final score of 5-4 in overtime in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the 1st period before the teams combined for 4 goals in a span of 2:55 in the first 5:51 of the 2nd period. Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko opened the scoring before Nashville pulled one back. Tyler Bozak responded :45 later to give the Blue the 3-1 lead that St. Louis would hold onto heading to the 3rd. Nashville would score twice to tie the game before Tarasenko scored his 2nd of the game to re-take the lead just :56 later. Nashville would tie it up one more time, sending us to OT where Tarasenko completed the hat trick just :16 into overtime to seal the win. Jake Allen got the win to improve to 16-15-4 after stopping 40 of 44 shots faced in the win.
New Jersey is 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win and 3-7 in their last 10 games overall while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 road games. St. Louis is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Eastern Conference while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. New Jersey is 3-13 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 0-6 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams at St. Louis.
I really wanted to give the Devils and the plus money a look here, but we have to face facts. The Blues are hot right now and while New Jersey got the win over Carolina in their last outing, the fact is that the Devils struggle on the road, have had barely any luck against the Blue over the years, and if Cory Schneider gets the start (which I’m expecting), he hasn’t won in any of his last 20 regular season starts. Schneider hasn’t won a regular season game since December 27th, 2017 to put that into perspective. I can’t side with New Jersey under any circumstance so I’ll side with St. Louis on the puck line here.