New York Rangers (16-14-7) at St. Louis Blues (15-17-4)
|Date & Time||Monday December 31, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -159 / New York Rangers +132 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The New York Rangers and the St. Louis Blues meet in NHL action from the Enterprise Center on Monday afternoon.
The New York Rangers will look to build some steam after a 4-3 win over Nashville in their last outing. Chris Kreider opened the scoring for the Rangers just 2:42 into the game but the Predators would tie the game at 1-1 before the end of the period, sending us to the 2nd all square. Jesper Fast re-took the lead for New York but the Predators would tie the game just :53 later and would take the lead just after the midway point of the period, putting the Rangers behing 3-2 after 40 minutes of play. Marc Staal would tie the game and Fast would score his 2nd of the game to give the Rangers the 4-3 lead that New York would hold onto the rest of the way to secure the victory. Henrik Lundqvist got the win to improve to 11-9-7 after stopping 34 of 37 shots faced in the winning effort.
The St. Louis Blues will look to bounce back after a 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last outing. St. Louis found themselves down 1-0 at the 1st intermission and down 4-0 before the midway point of the 2nd period. David Perron got the Blues on the board with their lone marker of the game before Pittsburgh iced the game with a pair of goals early in the 3rd to send the Blues home empty-handed. Jake Allen took the loss, giving up 4 goals on 17 shots before being pulled, falling to 13-11-4 this season in the losing effort.
New York is 3-9 in their last 12 games overall and 20-48 in their last 68 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Western Conference. St. Louis is 1-7 in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record and 1-4 in their last 5 Monday games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. New York is 5-11 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams.
St. Louis has had a lot of success in this matchup, but a lot of that success came when the Blues were a much better team than what St. Louis has been putting on the ice lately. New York just took down a tough (albeit slumping) Predators team down in their own building which is not easy and given the Blues struggles between the pipes, I think New York boasts some solid value as a dog on Monday so I’ll take a stab with the Rangers and the plus money here.