Ottawa Senators at St. Louis Blues
|Date & Time||Saturday January 19, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Blues -238 / Ottawa Senators +188
The Ottawa Senators and the St. Louis Blues meet in NHL action from the Enterprise Center on Saturday night.
The Ottawa Senators will look to build on back-to-back wins and victories in 4 of their last 5 games following a 4-1 win over Carolina in their last outing. Magnus Paajarvi opened the scoring for the Sens in the latter stages of the first period, giving Ottawa a 1-0 lead at the 1st intermission. Bobby Ryan and Mark Stone scored :13 apart to give the Senators a 3-0 lead before Carolina finally got on the board. Christian Wolanin restored the three-goal cushion late in the 2nd and the Senators would ride that lead to the final horn for the win. Anders Nilsson got the win to improve to 7-11-1 this season after stopping 33 of 34 shots faced in the winning effort.
The St. Louis Blues will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the 2nd. Ryan-O’Reilly tied the game just :52 later before Carl Gunnarsson gave the Blues the lead, but the lead lasted just 2:24 as Boston would tie the game at 2-2 heading into the 3rd period. Boston would net 3 goals on 6 shots in the final frame to take a 5-2 lead while St. Louis wouldn’t find the back of the net with any of their 10 shots on target to take the loss and get sent home empty-handed. Jake Allen took the loss, falling to 15-15-4 after allowing 4 goals on 26 shots in the losing effort.
Ottawa is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 7-20 in their last 27 games playing on no rest while the over is 14-5-1 in their last 20 games against the Western Conference. St. Louis is 43-14 in their last 57 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 and 2-6 in their last 8 Saturday games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Ottawa is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in St. Louis and the road team is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
I can understand why St. Louis would be favored at home because home ice is where you’re supposed to do some of your best work. However, while Ottawa has been a solid fade on the road for quite some time, and are on the end of a back-to-back, the fact is that the Senators are playing some quality hockey right now and already have a back-to-back sweep this month so it is entirely possible for Ottawa to pick up another win here. Add in the fact that the Senators have gotten the upper hand of the Blues at the Enterprise Center, and the fact that the road team has enjoyed most of the success when these two meet, and I think you have to take a stab at Ottawa with the heavy plus money on Saturday.