Ottawa Senators vs. St. Louis Blues Game Preview

Squaring off for the final time this season, the Ottawa Senators and the St. Louis Blues collide at the Scottrade Center for an East-West showdown. Fox Sports Midwest will showcase the game, and the action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 23.

Ottawa Senators vs. St. Louis Blues Odds

St. Louis is 28-21 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 0.5 units this season. That early-season winning percentage is right in line with the 46-36 record the team managed during the 2016-17 season campaign. Of its 49 regular season matches, 29 have gone under the total, while 20 have gone over and none have pushed. The teams 15-10 SU at home this year.

The Blues have converted on just 15.5 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s ranked 26th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 17th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.5 percent of all penalties.

The Blues, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.5 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to defend opponent power plays for 8.8 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.

Averaging 25.8 saves per game with a .909 save percentage, Jake Allen (18-18-2) has been the best option in goal for the Blue Notes this year. If head coach Mike Yeo decides to give him a breather, however, St. Louis may go with Carter Hutton (11-8-8 record, .938 save percentage, 1.91 goals against average).

Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko will each lead the offensive attack for the Blues. Schenn (47 points) has produced 19 goals and 28 assists and has recorded multiple points in 11 different games this year. Tarasenko has 20 goals and 25 assists to his name and has notched a point in 29 games.

Ottawa is 15-30 straight up (SU) and has lost 15.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 45 regular season contests, 24 of its games have gone over the total, while 20 have gone under and none have pushed. As a road team so far, the Senators are 6-15 SU.

The Senators have converted on just 15.3 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 29th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 30th overall and it’s successfully killed off 74.6 percent of all penalties.

Ottawa’s players have been penalized 3.7 times per game in total this season, 4.0 per game over their last five match ups total, and 3.2 per game over their last five road outings. The teams been forced to kill penalties 8.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Craig Anderson (3.24 goals against average and .899 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Ottawa. Anderson is averaging 27.0 saves per game and has 13 wins, 21 losses, and five overtime losses to his credit.

Mark Stone (18 goals, 26 assists) will lead the offensive counter for the visiting Senators.

Ottawa Senators at St. Louis Blues Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • St. Louis is 3-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while Ottawa is 1-5 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone over in three of St. Louis last five games.
  • Five of Ottawa’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-4 in those games.
  • This game features two of the more aggressive defenses in the league. Ottawa skaters have dished out the ninth-most hits in the league (23.4 per game) and the Blue Notes have recorded the 11th-most (22.2).