Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues Matchup Preview 3/21/19

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Gustav Nyquist, Dylan Larkin, and the Detroit Red Wings are set to face off against Ryan O’Reilly, Vladimir Tarasenko, and the St. Louis Blues at the Enterprise Center in an East-West showdown. The opening face-off takes place at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 21, and you’ll be able to witness it live on Fox Sports Detroit.

Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues Odds

Detroit (+270) is entering this one as the underdog to St. Louis (-330) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-110 over, -110 under).

Producing -1.3 units for moneyline bettors, St. Louis is 38-35 straight up (SU) overall this year. That winning percentage, ranked third in the Central Division so far this season, hasn’t moved much from what the team produced during the 2017-18 season (44-38). Through 73 regular season outings, 39 of the team’s games have gone under the total, while 29 have gone over and just five have pushed. The team is 18-17 SU at home this season.

The Blues have converted on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked eighth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.7 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 24.9 saves per game with a .904 save percentage, Jake Allen (18-26-7) has been the principal option in goal for St. Louis this season. If the Blue Notes, however, decide to give him a breather, St. Louis could go with Jordan Binnington (18-7-7 record, .930 save percentage, 1.78 goals against average).

Detroit has lost 9.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far and is currently 26-47 straight up (SU). A total of 37 of its outings have gone under the total, while 34 have gone over and just two have pushed. As the road team, the Red Wings are 12-24 SU.

The Red Wings have converted on just 16.2 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 29th overall and it’s successfully killed off 77.2 percent of all penalties.

Jimmy Howard (28.1 saves per game) has been the main option in the net for Detroit. Howard owns a 19-29-7 record, while registering a .908 save percentage and 3.05 goals against average this year.

Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues Betting Predictions

NHL Tip: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • The Blues are 1-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Red Wings are 3-5 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone under in three of Detroit’s last five outings.
  • Detroit has managed 23.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while St. Louis has been attempting 37.4 shots per game over its last five home outings.
  • Four of Detroit’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 0-4 in those games.
  • Detroit skaters created 19.6 hits per game last season, while the Blue Notes accounted for 23.1 hits per contest.