The NHL is set up with another strong slate of hockey throughout April 17. Six games are up on the board throughout Sunday. One of these games will be between the St. Louis Blues and the Nashville Predators. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 6:00 PM Eastern time on NHL Network.
St. Louis has earned a record of 45-20-10 throughout this season, which has them sitting in second place of the Central division. The Blues have won eight games in a row and ten of their last eleven. St. Louis has a one point lead on the third place Minnesota Wild, but have played an extra game. The Blues will look to remain in the second seed with a win on Sunday.
The Predators have put up a record of 43-27-5 so far this season, which has them in fourth place of the Central division. Nashville has is coming off a win in their last game, but have lost three of their last five. The Predators have a four point lead on a wild card spot and will look to lock it up. I expect Nashville to come out fast at home in this one.
These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look to finish strong as they eye the playoffs. Both teams are coming off a win on Saturday afternoon and will look to build on it early in this one. The Blues are traveling after Saturday’s win and will look to avoid a slow start. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for a win.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|St. Louis Blues||-1 ½ (+190)||-120||Over 6 (+100)|
|Nashville Predators||+1 ½ (-230)||+100||Under 6 (-120)|
|Team Data||St. Louis Blues||Nashville Predators|
|Away/ Home Record||19-11-6||24-13-0|
|Goals Per Game||3.68||3.19|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||3.58||3.08|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.907||.920|
St. Louis Blues
- 8-1 in April
- 3-6 on Sunday’s
- 4-5 when playing on back to back days
- 15-8 against divisional opponents
- 13-9 after a divisional game
- 15-10 after allowing four or more goals
- 28-14 after scoring four or more goals
- 22-13 against team with a winning record
- 4-4 in April
- 4-2 on Sunday’s
- 5-6 when playing on back to back days
- 15-7 against divisional opponents
- 14-7 after a divisional game
- 21-10 after scoring four goals or more
- 3-3 in three or more straight home games
- 18-20 against team with a winning record
These two teams have met up three times on the season. Mikael Granlund had four assists in the first matchup as the Predators earned a 4-3 win in overtime. Ivan Barbashev and Brayden Schenn both had two goals and two assists in the second meeting as the Blues won 5-3. Robert Thomas had two goals and two assists in the third game to lead St. Louis to a 7-4 win.
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The Blues have been strong on special teams throughout the season. St. Louis has scored on 57 of their 220 power play chances, which is a 25.9 percent success rate. The Blues have killed off 173 of their opponents 207 power play attempts, which is an 83.6 percent penalty kill. St. Louis is 3rd on the power play and 6th on the kill this season.
Nashville has been solid on the special teams on the season. The Predators have capitalized on 55 of their 229 power play opportunities, which is a 24 percent power play. Nashville has given up 51 power play goals on 257 penalties against, which is an 80.2 percent kill rate. The Predators are 7th on the man advantage and 14th on the penalty kill.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season on special teams. St. Louis has the edge on the power play and penalty kill. The Blues will look to come out hot in this one to get their edge early. The Predators killed off all four penalties against on Saturday and will look to build on it. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win.
Jordan Binnington will likely get the start in the crease for St. Louis in this one. Binnington has started in 33 games this season, going 15-13-4 in those matchups. He has posted a .902 save percentage and a GAA of 3.14 in those games. Binnington’s last start was against the Buffalo Sabres. He stopped 35 of 37 shots in route to the win.
I expect David Rittich to get the nod in the net for the Predators on Sunday night. Rittich has earned a record of 5-3-2 in his 10 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .891 and a 3.21 GAA in those starts. Rittich finished with 27 saves on 30 shots in his last start against the Pittsburgh Penguins, which was not enough for the win.
These two goalies have struggled a bit on the season, but will get the starts in the second half of the back to backs. Binnington has won two straight starts and will look to build on it in this one. Rittich has lost back to back starts and will look to bounce back in this one. If either goalie can set the pace early, it could be enough to lead their team to the win.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win on Sunday. The Blues have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL as of late, winning eight in a row. St. Louis won the first road game against Nashville, but I think the Predators can bounce back in this one. If Nashville can come out quickly on Sunday, I think they will grab the two points.
Bovada has St. Louis listed as a -120 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Blues will win this game around 54.6 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams coming off a win on Saturday. Nashville has no travel and did not need overtime on Saturday. As underdogs, I really like the value on the Predators.