The New York Rangers are hitting the halfway point of this marathon road trip with Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues
We preview the Rangers and Blues game along with odds, trends and predictions from around the National Hockey League on the busiest betting day of the week.
[dropcap2]S[/dropcap2]t. Louis is ghosting as a -190 moneyline favorite in overnight lines and it seems as if they odds makers are waiting on starting goalie confirmation from the home side. Jaroslav Halak is 3-0 through the first 10 days but there is some speculation Brian Elliot could make his season debut. Halak has been one of the league’s best through three starts with a 1.33 goals against average (GAA) in starts against Preds, Panthers and Blackhawks.
Elliot was 23-10-4 last season and with the number of goals the Blues are scoring (4.67 GPG); he would be a suitable replacement vs. a goal-starved Rangers team (1.5 GPG). One fear is that the Blues could start feeling lethargic from all the sitting around at home this week but with Ken Hitchcock in control we don’t expect that to happen.
[quote_text color=”#000000″ text_color=”#ffffff”]With rest, St. Louis is 5-0 since 2010 on a home win streak of 2-plus games – the best record of all teams in that span with a winning record[/quote_text]
You can access the stats from that profile but clicking this following SDQL code at SportsDatabase.com: H and streak>=2 and site streak>=2 and rest>=2 and team and WP>=50 and season>=2010
You might have to lay a half-goal with odds of -125 (Editor’s note: Odds released at 10:19 am ET) but regardless of who starts; this game is solid opportunity for the Blues to extend their win streak. NHL Best Bet: Take the Blues -.5 goal to win in regulation time
AROUND THE BOARDS
The Dallas Stars beat up on the Winnipeg Jets Friday night but No. 1 goaltender Kari Lehtonen (lower body) was injured during the process and he’s unlikely to start tonight vs. Minnesota. Dan Ellis was fine in relief for the Stars but he’ll be under more pressure against a tougher Wild team and Ellis + pressure = failure.
Since the start of the 2011 season the Stars are 2-9 in the second of back-to-back road games with no rest and during those nine losses they were outscored 4.3 to 1.8, forcing OT just once. Backed by Ellis, they’ll be hard pressed to snap that trend.
ATB Pick: Take the Wild -.5 goal (+108) to win in regulation
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NHL TRENDS FOR TODAY’S GAMES
Boston (2-1) is first on the NHL betting slate with their trip to Columbus (2-1) and most online sportsbetting outlets are favoring the Bruins at -125. We have an opinion on the home dog winning this game straight-up and here is an Over/Under angle to consider that has produced 21 overs, 4 unders and 8 pushes since 2006:
In the first three months of the season when a team is coming off a home shutout and the total is O/U 5 or less, bet the “Over”
Pinnacle Sportsbook offers this game at 5 OV (-117) and for today’s top trend play will suggest betting this one to sail OVER the number.