Bridgestone Arena is playing host a divisional showdown as the Nashville Predators face off against the visiting St. Louis Blues. The first puck will drop at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 13, and you will be able to see the game live on Fox Sports Midwest.
St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators Odds
Nashville (-155) is currently favored over St. Louis (+135), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -130 under, +110 over.
St. Louis is 34-24 straight up (SU) and has netted 3.3 units for moneyline bettors this season. 35 of its contests have gone under the total, while 23 have gone over and none have pushed. As a road team this season, the Blue Notes are 15-12 SU.
St. Louis has converted on just 15.9 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 28th in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 14th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.6 percent of all penalties.
The Blue Notes, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.5 times per game this season, 4.0 per game over its past five outings total, and 3.2 per game over its last five games as the visiting team. The teams had to kill penalties just 7.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 25.5 saves per game with a .908 save percentage, Jake Allen (19-21-2) has been the best option in goal for St. Louis this year. If it decides to rest him, however, the team may roll with Carter Hutton (16-9-1), who has a .944 save percentage and 1.70 goals against average this year.
Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko will both be relied on to facilitate things for the visiting Blues. Schenn has 53 points on 23 goals and 30 assists, and has recorded two or more points 13 times. Tarasenko has 23 goals and 26 assists to his credit, and has logged a point in 32 games.
On the other side of the ice, Nashville is 33-21 straight up (SU) and has earned 7.6 units for moneyline bettors this season. 28 of its games have gone under the total, while 26 have gone over and none have pushed. It’s 18-8 SU at home this season.
The Predators have converted on 23.0 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s good enough for sixth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked seventh overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.7 percent of all opponent power plays.
Nashville players have been called for penalties 4.6 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five home outings. The teams had to kill penalties just 7.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Pekka Rinne has stopped 29.1 shots per game as the top choice in goal for the Predators. Rinne has 28 wins, 12 losses, and four overtime losses and has recorded a 2.30 goals against average and a .927 save percentage this season.
The home team offense will be led by P.K. Subban (15 goals, 28 assists).
St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators Betting Predictions
Pick: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over
- Power plays and penalty kills may be key in this matchup. The Blues are 16-8 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 24-16 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Predators are 14-3 when the team serves fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 17-10 in games where their penalty minutes are in the single digits.
- Two of Nashville’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 5-5 overall in shootouts this year.
- The over has hit in three of Nashville’s last five games.
- Nashville is ranked 16th this season with 9.4 giveaways per game. That figure has trended upward lately, as the teams averaged 11.1 giveaways over its last 10 games and 12.0 giveaways over its last five.
- St. Louis has averaged 10.4 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 6.0 giveaways per game (the fourth-fewest in the league).
- St. Louis skaters have accounted for the leagues 11th-most hits per game (22.4).