The St. Louis Blues were in danger of watching the series get out of hand as the series went to Nashville. However, the Blues averted it by squeezing out a 3-2 win. They avoided a hole, unlike the Capitals, who look dead in the water after losing last night. The Capitals will have to win two in a row in Pittsburgh to tie that series up.
It’s not going to be an easy task that’s for sure, as the Capitals appear poised to get bounced, again, in the playoffs, and again by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Things got so frustrating for the Caps that they ended up yanking Braden Holtby in favor of Philipp Grubauer, in an attempt to light a spark going into the 3rd period.
The move proved to be a failure. Pittsburgh poured it on and went on to win Game 2 by a score of 6-2. The Capitals play like lost causes in the postseason, and unless they figure out a way to put something together in Pittsburgh, they can forget about turning their President’s Trophy into a Stanley Cup, again. They won the award last season and didn’t reach the finals, and back in 2010 they lost in the first-round after winning it. They are in danger of doing the same.
On a side note, though, from what I’ve seen, the Edmonton Oilers are listed as the favourites in Vegas to win the Stanley Cup. It may sound a little funny, but other than the Pens, who would you put ahead of them right now? The Blues? The Predators?
Well, one of these teams is getting out of this series alive, and I expect it to draw to a conclusion late in the series. We take a look at Game 3 of the Blues vs. Predators series below, and deliver our free NHL pick for Sunday. Note the afternoon start time.
St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators Game 3 Pick
I said that the Predators and Blues were going to split in St. Louis, which they did. I unfortunately just made the mistake of betting the Blues in Game 1, and then ignoring them the next game. What do I see happening in Nashville? It’s looking like another split to me.
For the Blues to go far, Jake Allen must find the magic he had in the first-round against the Wild. He stole the show, but he looked off in Game 1, playing better in Game 2. Which Allen are we going to see tonight? That’s generally been the problem with betting the Blues all season long: inconsistent play out of Jake Allen.
The Nashville offence was decent this season. They finished with 2.90 goals per game for 11th overall in the NHL in scoring. In their last ten games, it’s been more of the same, with 2.90 goals scored per game. Overall, I would say that the Predators were one of the most consistent teams in the league. In their last five games, they’ve netted 3.60 goals a game.
The Blues have scored an average 3 goals in their last ten games. Note that they’ve scored at least 3 goals in their last three games. In the Blues and Preds last five meetings, there’s been less than 5 goals scored just once. I can foresee at least 5 goals scored in this one. As good as Allen was in the first-round for the Blues, the guy can have a lapse at any moment. For our Blues vs. Predators pick, we like the OVER at 5 goals.
PICK: OVER 5 (-110)