St. Louis Blues vs. New Jersey Devils - 2/18/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

St. Louis Blues vs. New Jersey Devils - 2/18/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils at St. Louis Blues

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Enterprise Center)

New Jersey Devils at St. Louis Blues

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The New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Enterprise Center.

The New Jersey Devils need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 22 goals, Nikita Gusev has 23 assists and P.K. Subban has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Louis Domingue has given up 44 goals on 360 shots faced and Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 108 goals on 1,243 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed one or less goals in three of their last six games.

The St. Louis Blues could use a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. David Perron leads St. Louis with 23 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 41 assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 190 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 112 goals on 1,228 shots and Jake Allen has allowed 43 goals on 549 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 12 games.

The Devils are 31-63 in their last 94 games as an underdog, 23-50 in their last 73 road games and 6-20 in their last 26 Tuesday games. The Blues are 12-5 in their last 17 Tuesday games, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 0-5 in their last 5 overall. The over is 5-2-2 in Blues last 9 overall. The Devils are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in St. Louis and 2-15 in the last 17 meetings. The favorite is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings.

The St. Louis Blues are the more talented team here and have dominated the Devils over the years, so there's good reason as to why they're nice sized favorites. It's also likely only a matter of time before the Blues snap out of this funk. However, the Blues have looked bad over the last two weeks and have provided us little reason to lay these prices. The New Jersey Devils have been able to sneak out a win here and there and the defense has looked improved most nights. Either way, it's the Devils or pass for me, as laying this price with the Blues in their current form isn't an option. 

Randy’s Pick New Jersey Devils +190

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.