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Can Rinne and Allen Continue to Stand on Their Heads?

Overcoming massive underdog odds in the first round, the Blues and Predators will match up in the second round after dispatching the Wild and Blackhawks, respectively. This series is an absolute lightning rod and I wouldn’t be surprised if the winner went on to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup final. The Blues opened Game 1 as the -135 moneyline favorite but make sure to check in closer to puck drop as I expect this line to drop closer to EVEN.

SHARK BITES
  • The Predators allowed just 3 goals in their first-round series with the Blackhawks.
  • Pekka Rinne has a career .926 save percentage against the Blues.
  • The Blues are 19-5 SU in their last 24 games overall and 7-1 SU in their last 8.

The two men most responsible for the Preds’ and Blues’ first-round successes were Jake Allen and Pekka Rinne. The two netminders posted save percentages of .956 and .976 respectively in their first-round series so to say I’m expecting a goalie showdown in this best-of-seven would be an incredible understatement.

If it weren’t for Allen and his head-standing performance early in the first round, the Wild could’ve gotten a better footing in the series and given the Notes a run. Ever since Mike Yeo took over behind the bench and Marty Brodeur was given the responsibility of mentoring young Allen, he’s flourished and become a legitimate No. 1 goalie. If he continues to make saves in clutch situations like he did against Minnesota – and the Blues start scoring a little more – St. Louis could go a long way.

That said, the Predators look like the team everyone expected them to be at the start of the 2016-17 campaign and they actually won the season series with the Blues three games to two. Nashville’s top two defensive pairings are two of the best in the NHL and with that top line of Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson being the most productive in the show since the trade deadline, the Preds are dangerous.

It’s going to take me a game in this series to get acclimatized to the moneyline but I will be looking at an UNDER bet in the first contest as these two teams combined for just one OVER in their first-round matchups.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the St. Louis Blues as -135 favorites earlier today. The over under opened at 5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3.7-1.9 win for the Predators on Wednesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Nashville Predators vs St. Louis Blues Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The St. Louis Blues are 50-30-7 so far on the season. The Nashville Predators, meanwhile, are 45-29-12. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen St. Louis go 35-39-13 and the Predators go 41-36-9 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Nashville injuries news.

The St. Louis Blues sit at No. 6 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Nashville Predators sit at a No. 22 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits St. Louis's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 2.83 goals per game, against a Predators defense that ranks No. 14 at 2.64 goals allowed. The Blues power play is averaging 20.4% while the Predators defense kills off 81.12% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

The Blues were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Wild. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at +157 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Nashville is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Nashville is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Nashville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Nashville is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
  • St. Louis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • St. Louis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 5-16 ATS in its last 21 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Nashville at St. Louis, Friday, April 28th

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