Ryan O’Reilly, Vladimir Tarasenko, and the St. Louis Blues will face off against Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen, and the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in a Central Division tilt. The opening faceoff will be at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 21, and it is being televised live on Fox Sports Tennesse.
St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators Odds
St. Louis (+160) is currently the underdog to Nashville (-185), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-110 over, -110 under).
Nashville is 15-6 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 5.8 units this year. That win percentage, strongest in the league so far this season, isn’t too far off from to what the team produced during the 2017-18 season (53-29). 11 of the team’s 21 contests have gone under the total, while nine have gone over and just one has pushed. The team is 7-3 SU at home thus far.
The Predators have converted on just 14.8 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 26th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 15th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.3 percent of all penalties.
With a .942 save percentage and 27.3 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (9-3-1) has been the most dependable option in goal for Nashville this season. If the Preds, however, choose to rest him, head coach Peter Laviolette could roll with Juuse Saros (7-3-3 record, .903 save percentage, 2.94 goals against average).
On the other bench, St. Louis is 7-12 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 19 regular season outings, 10 of its games have gone under the total, while eight have gone over and just one has pushed. As a road team, the Blues are 2-5 SU so far.
The Blues have converted on 24.6 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for 10th-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 13th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.0 percent of all penalties.
Jake Allen (26.7 saves per game) has been the primary choice in the net for St. Louis. Allen owns a 5-9-3 record, and has registered a .895 save percentage and 3.33 goals against average this year.
St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Under
- Four of Nashville’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 4-0 overall in those games.
- Penalties and power plays may be key in tonight’s game. The Blues are 3-7 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 5-8 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, in total. The Predators are 8-2 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 12-4 in games where they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
- Nashville might hold an advantage if this one comes down to the wire. The team’s 6-4 in games decided by one goal, while St. Louis is 0-7 in such games.
- The under has hit in each of St. Louis’ last five games.
- St. Louis has averaged 6.8 giveaways over its last five home games, right in line with its season average of 6.6 giveaways per game (ranked third in the league).
- Nashville has averaged 11.2 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 9.0 giveaways per game (ranked 14th in the NHL).