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Blues look to Stay Alive in All-Important Fifth Game

Attempting to close out the series in five games, the Nashville Predators will invade the Scottrade Center tonight with a ticket to the Western Conference final on the line. The Blues have been soundly outplayed for the majority of this series but they’re a little unlucky this thing isn’t tied at two games each. Nashville’s game-winner in Game 4 was probably the worst goal of the playoffs so far and the Notes will now have to pull off a feat that only 9.66 percent of teams do – come back from going down 3-1.

SHARK BITES
  • The visiting team is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games in this matchup.
  • The Predators are 3-13 SU in their last 16 games as underdogs against the Blues.
  • Pekka Rinne has a .948 5-on-5 save percentage in the Preds’ 4 road games this postseason.

Despite looking like the much better all-around team in this best-of-seven, the Preds opened Game 5 as the slight underdogs. Pekka Rinne and the Preds have the Blues on the ropes and if their goal-stopper continues his stellar postseason play, they’ll be delivering the knockout punch this evening.

St. Louis has struggled to score on a consistent basis all spring and it’s caught up to them in this series. Jake Allen has regressed to the mean and the Blues have not picked up their netminder at the offensive end. A positive note, though: St. Louis outshot its opponent last contest, something the Blues have not been doing often this postseason. Expect a more robust effort from the Blues offense this evening after they created some good chances in Game 4.

Rinne has not been great in either of his two starts in St. Lou this series and I’m predicting that this trend continues and that the Blues extend this best-of-seven to Game 6 with a win tonight.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the St. Louis Blues as -115 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 handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.8-1.5 victory for the Predators. 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 currently sport a record of 51-33-7. The Nashville Predators are 48-30-12. Betting totals have seen the Blues post a 36-41-14 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Predators have gone 42-38-10 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Nashville injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 22-rated Nashville Predators taking on the No. 6-rated St. Louis Blues in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits St. Louis's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 2.79 goals per game, against a Predators defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.61 goals allowed. The Blues power play is averaging 20.08% while the Predators defense kills off 81.4% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Nashville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Nashville is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • Nashville is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Nashville is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games
  • St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis's last 10 games

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