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Our matchup today sees two underperforming teams come head to head in this cross-conference game as the St. Louis Blues travel to Canada to face the Ottawa Senators.
Both teams come into this game outside of a playoff spot with just one point separating the two teams.
Sunday, February 19, 2023 – 02:00 PM EST at Canadian Tire Centre
St. Louis Blues
It’s been a mediocre season for the St. Louis Blues who come into this matchup with a 26-26-3 overall record as they sit 6th in the Central division. The Blues have shipped out a few stars in the past week as they are preparing to rebuild their roster.
Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari were sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs last week in exchange for some draft picks as well as long-time star player Vladimir Tarasenko, who left for the New York Rangers. The team that won the Stanley Cup in 2019 has been disbanded.
The Blues have struggled in many departments this season, suffering the most with the second least amount of high-danger chances in the entire league, and having allowed 3.58 goals per game.
Their three-game winning streak came to an end last time on the ice when they suffered a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
Taking a look at the Ottawa Senators, they have been very poor offensively given the strength of their attack, scoring just 2.9 goals per game, which is the 12th lowest in the entire NHL.
However there is room for improvement, their power play has been hitting at 26.1%, which is the 3rd best in the league right now and they have gone 6-1-1 in their previous eight NHL games.
Their defense has been mediocre, allowing 3.19 goals per game, which is ranked outside of the top 15 and they are also giving up the 4th most amount of high-danger chances in the league.
Stats and Trends
St. Louis Blues
- St. Louis are 3-6 in their last 9 games
- The total has gone over in 14 of St. Louis’ last 17 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference
- St. Louis are 1-4 in their last 5 games on the road
- The total has gone under in 6 of Ottawa’s last 8 games against St. Louis
- Ottawa are 1-6 in their last 7 games when playing at home against St. Louis
- The total has gone over in 4 of Ottawa’s last 5 games
*when it comes to making your NHL picks. They are merely guidelines and mostly irrelevant information but nonetheless can be interesting to read and might steer you in the right direction.
Despite recent games between these two teams hitting under 6.5 goals (7 of the past 10), our computer is predicting a 4-3 win for the St. Louis Blues in this NHL game. Now, it must be noted that this is most likely based on the fact that St. Louis still has the players they traded away in recent days.
However, we still like goals to be scored in this game and we are backing the over 6.5 goals to hit in this game at some nice +103 NHL betting odds.
Both defenses allow a combined 6.78 goals per game and the Blues have seen the second most amount of games to have 7+ goals in the Western Conference this season. The Blues have nothing to lose now they are without some of their star players but still boast the likes of Jordan Kyrou and Robert Thomas in their line-up.
Both Kyrou and Thomas are their top points scorers this season with a combined 104 points. Overall the Senators have a better team right now and are in much better form. We also advise taking them to win this on the moneyline at -140 with Bet365.
Final Score Prediction: St. Louis Blues 4 – Ottawa Senators 3
NHL Pick: Over 6.5 Goals (+103) at SugarHouse
NHL Pick: Senators ML (-140) at Bet365