The NHL returns after a brief hiatus on Thanksgiving. All that night game between the Giants and Redskins was make me wish the NHL was playing. That was painful to watch as a spectator. We’re on a 7-1 run on the ice and looking for more on Friday night. If it weren’t for an unfortunate beat on a total, we’d be looking at 8-0. Oh well, it happens and it comes with the territory of wagering on sports.
We’re in St. Louis tonight for what should be a good contest between the Predators and Blues. The Blues are hoping that Thanksgiving isn’t enough to detail what they’ve had brewing lately. St. Louis have one of the most impressive teams over the start of the 2017-18 season. They just to find a way to find this play in the spring. We’ve seen this regular season act from the Blues before. They look great in the regular season, and never can get over that hump in the playoffs.
If they play as hot as they are now in the playoffs, they’ll be a tough out. The Blues are 16-5-1 overall, and are on a 8-2-0 run in their last ten games. They’ve captured three games in a row, and most importantly, their offence has been finding its element. The Blues haven’t played since Tuesday against the Oilers, so they have to hope they won’t lose any of their luster with the extra nights off. The Blues pounded the Oilers in that one, dispatching them by a score of 8-3.
They put up 4 goals on the board in the 3rd period to take control and lock in another win. Brayden Schenn performed once again, as he popped in a couple of goals to lead a dominant line for the Blues. He is the first player since Sidney Crosby to accumulate 19 points in an eight-game stretch. Regretting that trade, Flyers? His teammate who is equally as hot, Vladimir Tarasenko found the back of the twice as well against the Oilers. The Schwartz-Schenn-Tarasenko line is the hottest in the league, and may be the best in hockey. For now, anyway, they’re playing like the best. The Preds look to throw up a roadblock on the Blues in St. Louis tonight. Head below for our free Predators vs. Blues pick.
Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues Pick
In their last four games, the Blues have averaged 5 goals per game. Before they even scored 8 against the Oilers, they scored 4 goals a piece in their previous three games. So, it wasn’t a fluke that the Blues torched the Edmonton net on Tuesday. In their last ten games, they’ve averaged 3.70 goals per game. If Jake Allen could get just as hot as the offence, the Blues would be unbeatable at the moment. Allen enters Friday with a GAA of 2.74 and 0.909 save percentage. There might be some goaltenders who would take that, but Allen wants to and should be better than that. The Blues have allowed an average of 3 goals per game in their last ten contests.
If you’re looking for another hot offence, you can find them in St. Louis tonight. The Predators have averaged 4.6 goals per game over their last six matchups. In their last ten, they have netted 3.9 goals per game, but allowed 3.1 goals per game. Despite giving up around 3 goals per game lately, the Preds and Blues offences have shouldered their load. This isn’t the Barry Trotz Predators, who would be content with sitting back and winning games with their defence alone. They’ve also won three in a row, and eight of their last ten contests during this impressive stretch. As long as Thanksgiving didn’t disrupt anything, we should have two of the hottest offences in the NHL on full display on Friday night in St. Louis.
PICK: OVER 5.5 (-110)