St. Louis Blues at New Jersey Devils Matchup 3/30/19

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Vladimir Tarasenko, Ryan O’Reilly, and the St. Louis Blues are set to face off against Kyle Palmieri, Nico Hischier, and the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in an East-West matchup. MSG Network will broadcast the game, and the action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 30.

St. Louis Blues at New Jersey Devils Odds

The Blues (-210) are favored over the Devils (+175), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-110 over, -110 under).

St. Louis is 41-36 straight up (SU) and has netted 1.7 units for moneyline bettors this season. 40 of its contests have gone under the total, while 31 have gone over and just five have pushed. This 2018-19 Blues team is 20-19 SU on the road.

St. Louis has converted on 20.4 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, it has the seventh-strongest penalty kill in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all penalties..

Boasting a .904 save percentage and 24.9 saves per game, Jake Allen (18-26-7) has been the top option in goal for St. Louis this year. If head coach Craig Berube decides to rest him, however, St. Louis may turn to Jordan Binnington (21-8-1), who has a .928 save percentage and 1.85 goals against average this year.

New Jersey is 29-49 straight up (SU) and has lost 14.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 38 of its outings have gone over the total, while 36 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team is 19-20 SU at home this year.

The Devils have converted on just 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.7 percent of all opponent power plays.

Keith Kinkaid has stopped 25.8 shots per game as the primary netminder in the crease for the Devils. Kinkaid has 16 wins, 25 losses, and six OT losses to his name and has registered a mediocre 3.36 goals against average and a subpar .891 save percentage this year.

St. Louis Blues at New Jersey Devils Betting Picks

Prediction: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Over New Jersey’s last ten outings, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-6 in those games).
  • Penalties and power plays could prove to be extremely important in tonight’s game. The Blues are 21-18 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 30-24 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Devils are 12-16 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 15-34 in games where total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
  • Two of New Jersey’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 2-0 in those games and 3-4 overall in shootouts this season.
  • The under has hit in four of New Jersey’s last five outings.
  • St. Louis skaters have averaged 9.8 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 7.5 giveaways per game (the fifth-fewest in the NHL).
  • New Jersey skaters have averaged 9.1 giveaways per game (the 9th-fewest in the league).
  • The Devils this season have recorded the 12th-most hits in the NHL (23.3 per game).