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NHL betting line favors Blues over Islanders

St. Louis Blues

New York Islanders
34-11-5 January 25, 2014, 01:00 PM | Nassau Coliseum 21-25-7

Hockey bettors look for value at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday as host New York battles the St. Louis Blues in hockey odds action.

New York battles the Blues, currently with a 34-11-5 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 30-22-1 for the Islanders and 23-21-6 for the Blues.

View St. Louis Blues vs New York Islanders Odds and Stats.

The Islanders were listed earlier today as 143 moneyline underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5.

This game puts the Islanders, most recently No. 15 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Blues, who rate a No. 3 in the latest survey.

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Rangers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blues at -107 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

In their last action, New York was a 6-4 loser at home against the Penguins. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -136 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (10) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New York's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 2.85 goals per game, against a Blues defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.32 goals allowed. The Islanders power play is averaging 18.6% while the Blues defense kills off 84.18% of their penalties.

A few Blues at Islanders trends to consider:
St. Louis is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis's last 8 games
St. Louis is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games on the road
NY Islanders is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Islanders's last 7 games
NY Islanders is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of NY Islanders's last 18 games at home

Next up:
St. Louis home to New Jersey, Tuesday, January 28th
New York home to Boston, Monday, January 27th