St. Louis Blues vs New York Rangers NHL Pick – March 2

The NHL is set up with another great slate of action on March 2. Four games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the St. Louis Blues and the New York Rangers. These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:30 PM Eastern time on TNT.

St. Louis has earned a record of 32-14-6 throughout this season, which has them sitting in second place of the Central division. The Blues have won four games in a row and six of their last seven. St. Louis has a five point lead on the second seed and are twelve points out of the top spot. St. Louis will look to come out fast on the road in this one.

The Rangers have put up a record of 33-15-5 so far this season, which has them in third place of the Metropolitan division. New York has lost two games in a row and three of their last five. The Rangers are three points out of the second seed with two games in hand. New York will look to grab a big two points as they try to move up in the standings.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look to earn a big win in this one. The Blues have been the better team as of late and will look to come out fast on the road. New York has been struggling and will look to get back on track. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
St. Louis Blues -1 ½ (+210) -110 Over 5 ½ (-110)
New York Rangers +1 ½ (-250) +100 Under 5 ½ (+100)

 

Team Data St. Louis Blues New York Rangers
Overall Record 32-14-6 33-15-5
Away/ Home Record 13-8-4 17-5-3
Goals Per Game 3.58 2.89
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 3.28 3.08
Save Percentage .916 .922
Save Percentage Away/ Home .914 .930

Betting Trends

St. Louis Blues

  • 9-2 when playing on two days rest
  • 11-6 after a divisional game
  • 10-8 in non-Conference game
  • 1-2 after earning a shutout
  • 15-10 after a win by two goals or more
  • 17-10 after scoring four goals or more
  • 15-8 against team with a winning record

New York Rangers

  • 6-3 when playing on two days rest
  • 14-10 after non-Conference game
  • 12-13 after a non-Conference game
  • 8-3 after allowing four goals or more
  • 7-2 after a loss by two or more goals
  • 15-12 against team with a winning record

These two teams have not met up since the 2019-20 season. St. Louis hosted the first game of that season. Zach Sanford had a goal and an assist as the Blues earned a 5-2 win in this one. The second game shifted to New York. Colton Parayko, Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz all had a goal and an assist as St. Louis grabbed a 3-1 win.

Special Teams

The Blues have been strong on special teams throughout this season. St. Louis has scored on 41 of their 152 power play attempts, which is a 27 percent success rate. The Blues have killed off 130 of their opponents 153 power play chances, which is an 85 percent penalty kill. St. Louis is 2nd on the power play and 4th on the kill this season.

New York has been solid on special teams so far this season. The Rangers have capitalized on 38 of their 150 power play opportunities, which is a 25.3 percent power play. New York has given up 26 power play goals on 150 penalties against, which is an 82.7 percent kill rate. The Rangers are 4th on the man advantage and 7th on the penalty kill.

These two teams have been strong on special teams throughout this season. St. Louis has a slight edge on both sides of special teams entering this one. The Rangers will look to step up early in this one as they try to earn the win. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough to give them the edge.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Ville Husso to get the start in the crease for St. Louis in this one. Husso has started in 19 games this season going, 13-3-2 in those matchups. He has posted a .935 save percentage and a GAA of 2.03 in those starts. Husso’s last start was against the Buffalo Sabres. He stopped 35 of the 38 shots against him in the winning effort.

Igor Shesterkin will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Rangers on Wednesday night. Shesterkin earned a record of 25-6-3 throughout his 34 games played. He has put up a save percentage of .941 and a 1.95 GAA in those outings. Shesterkin finished with 25 saves on 26 shots in his last start against the Pittsburgh Penguins, which was not enough for the win.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Shesterkin has been elite throughout this season and seems to be a Vezina favorite. Husso has been strong in the backup role recently. If either goalie can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win in this one.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Blues have been solid recently and will look to keep it up. New York is back at home after two straight losses and I think they will come out fast in this one. If the Rangers can grab an early lead, I think they can earn the win in this one.

BetOnline has St. Louis listed as a -110 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Blues will win this game around 52.4 percent of the time. I think that this line could be in favor of New York. The Rangers have been the better overall team on the season and I think they can bounce back in this one. As slight underdogs, I really like the value on New York on Wednesday night.

The Bet
New York Rangers
+100
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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