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St. Louis Blues vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/11/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Penguins (30-22-4) at St. Louis Blues (34-20-3)
Date & Time Sunday February 11, 2018, 12:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: St. Louis Blues -115 / Pittsburgh Penguins +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
NBC
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NHL | Pittsburgh Penguins (30-22-4) at St. Louis Blues (34-20-3)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues meet Sunday in NHL action at the Scottrade Center.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for another victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 26.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 30 goals, Sidney Crosby has 43 assists and Phil Kessel has 195 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 95 goals on 983 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 38 goals on 472 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.

The St. Louis Blues look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 16.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 23 goals, Brayden Schenn has 30 assists and Jaden Schwartz has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 100 goals on 1,101 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed 35 goals on 620 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 11 games.

The Penguins are 18-6 in their last 24 Sunday games, 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings and the under is 11-5-4 in the last 20 meetings.

Both teams are playing winning hockey right now, but the Pittsburgh Penguins have been a little shaky on the defensive end recently and haven't had the same success on the road as they have at home. The St. Louis Blues continue to be a consistent club that gives itself a chance to win every game. Early games also usually favor the home team, as it's easier to get up for these contests when waking up in your own bed. Give me the St. Louis Blues and the cheap price.

Pick:
St. Louis Blues -115

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