The St. Louis Blues seem hell bent on proving that last years collapse was a fluke because of injuries. They were winning at about the same clip as they are now and are in a similar position, but problems late in the season and playoffs sent them home. They are red hot at the moment and will need it continue for another few months if they want to be contenders in the playoffs this season. All of the news surrounding the Blues recently has been the retirement of Martin Brodeur. He gave it a shot at a return in St. Louis as a player and will end with a 3-3 record with 2.87 GAA. Brodeur decided that there just isn’t enough left in the tank to keep up the grind of the NHL schedule, so he finally called it quits on an excellent career. He was quickly appointed as an advisor in the Blues organization shortly after his announcement. He is with the Blues now, but I wouldn’t rule out a return to New Jersey. In all of the hoopla around his retirement, lost in it is how well the Blues have been playing lately. They look to bolster their claim on the road tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes.
We made quick work of our OVER 5.5 pick in the Stars/Senators game as they combined for five goals in the 1st period to make it a 3-2 game intermission. To keep things interesting there were no goals scored in the 2nd period. I was thinking to myself oh no please get one more goal in the 3rd please. The Senators ultimately went on to tie the game up 3-3 which pushed the game above the number. The Stars, though, poured it on late to take a 6-3 victory over the Senators in Ottawa Thursday night. We head into Super Bowl weekend now with football on the mind. However, before Sunday there is still plenty of sports action to seek out profits on. Friday night we go to Carolina where we look for another winning pick to add to a solid streak of success lately.
St. Louis Blues @ Carolina Hurricanes
The Blues are in the midst of a streak in which they are 7-1 their last eight games. This productive run by the Blues adds to their record and brings them to a 30-13-4 record. The Blues are as good as any team in the NHL right now and will always fall under the radar before they actually do something in the playoffs. However, as it stands now, this is a team that can beat anybody in the league. They have a great combination of offense and defense that is difficult for any team to contain. Brian Elliot had a well deserving trip to the All-Star Game, a key reason for why the Blues are 5th in the NHL in goals against. Indications are that Elliot is going to get a rest tonight, which will give way to Jake Allen. The Blues see this as an opportunity to rest their starter against a porous offensive unit in the Hurricanes.
The Canes enter tonight as 29th in the NHL in scoring. It is thus easy to ascertain why they are sitting at 17-25-1-4 in 2014/15. The only team they beat is the Buffalo Sabres who are laughable this season. Conversely, the Blues have an offense to go along with their strong defense. They’re scoring an average of 3.15 goals per game for 2nd in the league. I feel like this is a line that should be in the -150 range. I understand the Blues played last night, but at -135 catching one of the hottest teams in the NHL is a good bet.
Pick – BLUES TO WIN (-135) 5dimes.eu (Best Odds)