A rather brisk card on tap Monday night, as there are only two games on the docket in the NHL. Yesterday was the NBA All-Star Game and they’re on their break, so the NHL is the only game in town. I’m surprised the NHL didn’t take advantage of this and schedule some bigger games right after the All-Star Game, but what can I say, it’s the NHL after all.
We have the Panthers-Blues and Ducks-Coyotes to feast on tonight. No disrespect to those four teams, but they aren’t exactly the most exciting matchups. If we make some coin, though, that’s all that matters to me.
For our Monday night pick, we’ll be heading to St. Louis for the Panthers and Blues. Our NHL picks have been strong this month, but the past handful of days I’ve been playing ping pong with myself, trading wins and not keeping the run going. Nevertheless, you cannot complain with a record of 13-5 across the last eighteen games. The Panthers and Blues are both hoping for continued success, as they’ve been turning the heat up of late.
The Panthers have gone 7-1 in their last eight games, while the Blues went 6-1 in their last seven games. So, it isn’t a marquee matchup, but it features two of the hotter teams in the NHL. You can’t go wrong with a game which has Jaromir Jagr playing in it, either. The ageless one is still producing at 45-years-old.
Jagr has scored 11 goals and 23 assists and has made it look too easy at times. He’ll look to get his Panthers back in the playoffs and win a Stanley Cup. You have to back to 1991 and 1992 to find his two Cups with the Penguins. Let’s get straight to our pick for Monday night now.
Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues Pick
Of particular improvement in Florida has been the offence. The offence has been coming around lately, scoring like a great offensive team. Florida have long depended on stingy, lockdown defence. The defence and Luongo are trying to hold the fort down, but the offence is starting to turn some heads. Note that the Panthers scored 3.60 goals per game in their last ten games. Often, though, when the offence gets much better the defence can take a hit. It has despite their winning ways, as they’ve allowed 3 goals per game in their last ten. Score more than you allow though, and that’ll win you some games, so they say.
Jake Allen will look to bounce back tonight, after the Blues allowed 3 goals in consecutive games. Allen was playing very well after they team game him a break to think about things. However, he allowed 3 each against the Sabres and Canucks, a 4-3 win and 3-2 loss. Overall, he still has to improve considerably to get his numbers where they need to be. Allen enters with a GAA of 2.69 and 0.902 save percentage. The Blues are 23rd defensively, taking a big hit from where they were under Brian Elliott in net. We are expecting some goals to be scored tonight in St. Louis, so I think the OVER is a nice option for our Panthers vs. Blues pick on Monday night in the NHL.
PICK: OVER 5 GOALS (-140)