Pittsburgh Penguins vs St. Louis Blues NHL Pick – March 17

The NHL is set up with another great slate of action on March 17. Ten games are up on the board throughout Thursday night. One of these games will be between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the St. Louis Blues. 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 8:00 PM Eastern time.

Pittsburgh has earned a record of 36-16-9 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the Metropolitan division. The Penguins are coming off a loss in their last game and have lost three of their last five. Pittsburgh is tied for the second spot in the Conference, but have played an extra game. The Penguins will look for a big win on the road in this one.

The Blues have put up a record of 34-17-8 so far this season, which has them in second place of the Central division. St. Louis is coming off a loss in their last game and have lost five of their last seven. The Blues have a two point on the third spot in the division. St. Louis will look to get back on track to maintain their lead in this one.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look to grab a big win in this one. Both teams have struggled a bit as of late and will look to grab a big win in this one. The Penguins have been a bit better and will look to come out quickly in this one. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Pittsburgh Penguins -1 ½ (+205) -113 Over 6 (-108)
St. Louis Blues +1 ½ (-245) +102 Under 6 (-102)

 

Team Data Pittsburgh Penguins St. Louis Blues
Overall Record 36-16-9 34-17-8
Away/ Home Record 19-7-4 20-7-3
Goals Per Game 3.21 3.54
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 3.20 3.80
Save Percentage .915 .912
Save Percentage Away/ Home .921 .915

Betting Trends

Pittsburgh Penguins

  • 3-3 in March
  • 16-8 after a non-Conference game
  • 14-11 in non-Conference games
  • 9-10 after allowing four goals or more
  • 4-6 after a loss by two goals or more
  • 5-7 after scoring one goal or less
  • 16-13 against a team with a winning record

St. Louis Blues

  • 2-5 in March
  • 3-3 when playing on three or more days rest
  • 11-8 after a divisional game
  • 11-12 in non-Conference games
  • 11-8 after allowing four goals or more
  • 17-9 against a team with a winning record

These two teams met up once this season on January 5 in Pittsburgh. Brayden Schenn had a goal and an assist, but it was not enough for the Blues. Bryan Rust had two goals and an assist, while Sidney Crosby and Evan Rodrigues both had a goal and an assist. Tristan Jarry stopped all 13 shots he faced after stepping in as the Penguins earned a 5-3 win.

Special Teams

The Penguins have been solid on special teams throughout this season. Pittsburgh has scored on 39 of their 186 power play chances, which is a 21 percent power play. The Penguins have killed off 127 of their opponents 138 power play attempts, which is an 85.8 percent kill rate. Pittsburgh is 15th on the power play and 3rd on the kill this season.

St. Louis has been strong on special teams as well on the season. The Blues have capitalized on 44 of their 167 power play opportunities, which is a 26.4 percent success rate. St. Louis has given up 30 power play goals on 173 penalties against, which is an 82.7 percent penalty kill. The Blues are 3rd on the man advantage and 8th on the penalty kill.

These two teams have been strong on both sides of special teams on the season. The Blues have been the better team on the power play, but Pittsburgh has been a bit better on the penalty kill. Both teams will look to get the advantage early in this one. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Tristan Jarry will likely get the nod in the crease for Pittsburgh in this one. Jarry has earned a record of 29-12-6 throughout his 47 games played on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .922 and a 2.32 GAA in those outings. Jarry’s last start was against the Carolina Hurricanes. He stopped 41 of 43 shots in the winning effort.

I expect Ville Husso to start between the pipes for the Blues on Thursday night. Husso has started in 23 games this season, going 15-4-3 in those matchups. He has posted a .928 save percentage and a GAA of 2.24 in those starts. Husso finished with 31 saves on 35 shots in his last start against the Nashville Predators, which was enough for the win.

These two goalies have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Jarry has won two games in a row and four of his last five. Husso has won two games in a row and will look to keep it going early in this one. If either goalie can come out fast on Thursday night, it could be enough to lead their team to the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big two points in this one. The Penguins have been a bit better as of late and will look to keep it going. St. Louis will look to bounce back at home after losing the first game of the season series. If the Blues can grab an early lead, I think they can earn the win in this one.

BetOnline has Pittsburgh listed as a -113 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Penguins will win this game around 53.1 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams in the middle of the playoff race. St. Louis is also at home in this one. As underdogs in this one, I like the value on the Blues.

The Bet
St. Louis Blues
+102
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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