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The Blues are Rolling in the Post-Hitchcock Era

An overtime win in Arizona stopped the Canadiens’ four-game losing streak on Thursday but it hasn’t stopped the “Michel Therrien on the hot seat” rumors. The Habs have been on a slide ever since they started the season 13-1-1 and head coaches getting canned is a trendy thing in the NHL – just ask the team the Canadiens will play tonight.

SHARK BITES
  • The Canadiens are 1-8 SU in their last 9 games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 3 of the Blues' last 4 games.
  • The Blues are 4-1 since the firing of Ken Hitchcock.

What a difference 10 days has made for the St. Louis Blues. This once floundering team has been tangibly better in almost every area of the game since Mike Yeo took over head coaching duties for Ken Hitchcock. Since Yeo took over, the Blues have a +1.20 goals per game differential and a .959 save percentage. Under Hitchcock, however, those numbers were -0.29 and .889. This change may be due to the so-called “new coach boost”, but that remains to be seen.

The Bell Centre is the only place the Canadiens have been able to win this year. They’re 18-6-4 at home this season while their goalie, Carey Price, is 17-6-3 with a .927 save percentage on friendly ice. They’ll have their hands full with a red-hot Blues team tonight, however, that has the talent to be one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

This is purely anecdotal but I feel a bad game coming from the Habs and if they don’t show up – it could be curtains for Mr. Therrien.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting St. Louis Blues in this one, they Blues listed earlier today as underdogs of 125 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.

A 4.2-1 result in favor of the Blues is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

St. Louis Blues vs Montreal Canadiens Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The St. Louis Blues will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 28-22-5 this season, while the Canadiens are 31-17-8. St. Louis is 25-21-9 on the totals; Montreal is 23-23-10. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs St. Louis injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 17-ranked Montreal Canadiens and the No. 14-rated St. Louis Blues in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Montreal's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 2.91 goals per game, against a Blues defense that ranks No. 23 at 2.96 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 22.29% while the Blues defense kills off 84.13% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, St. Louis was a 2-1 winner on the road against the Maple Leafs. Bettors on St. Louis at +123 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

The Canadiens were a 5-4 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Coyotes. That made winners of bettors who got Montreal at -173 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • St. Louis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • St. Louis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Montreal is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Montreal is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Montreal is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • Montreal is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

St. Louis at Detroit, Wednesday, February 15th
Montreal at Boston, Sunday, February 12th

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