Capper On A Winning Streak Picks Ottawa In A Nice Spot

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017 8:31 PM GMT

The St. Louis Blues are 1-11 in their last 12 games after a win, championship handicapper Dana Lane explains why that trend will continue tonight against the Senators who thrive at home against bad road teams.

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Easy winner for our readers on SBR last night as the St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers easily went 'under' the total cashing our fourth ticket in five games this month. We've also set a season high for units and win percentage. Tonight, we travel with the Blues to Ottawa as I've adentified a few reasons why playing against the Blues tonight will pad our season bankroll even more.

Coaches getting fired seems to be in style these days as Claude Julien was relieved of his duties earlier today by the Boston Bruins. Yes, Julien belongs in Vegas. The Blues, who fired head coach Ken Hitchcock, are one of those teams that thought it would be a good idea to get a new voice behind the bench. Last night, St. Louis shut out the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 but let's not get carried away by the team inspiration that seems to follow a coaching change.

There was nothing inspirational about how the Blues opened the first period up against Philly getting outshot 11-1. They won this game because talent eventually rose to the top. They were able to overcome the Flyers because they were the better team, that's not the case tonight. Anticipate the lack of depth and cohesion on the ice will be exposed against the Senators. The Blues are too reliant on Vladimir Tarasenko for their scoring as he ranks 9th in total points but underneath him we have to go all the way down to 63rd to find the second leading scorer where we find Kevin Shattenkirk . Most teams know that if you shut down Tarasenko you have an excellent chance to win.

If you can't find offensive consistency then you better have goaltending to steal games for you, which the Blues do not. It appears that Jake Allen will get the start but unlike last season, Allen has been unreliable with a below average save percentage of .897.

If you're looking for the more focused team, I would think that the Senators would fit that. There is no way after getting embarrassed by the Buffalo Sabres, 4-0, that Guy Boucher's team isn't ready to put that behind them after every senator finished with a minus except two.

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Free NHL Pick: Ottawa Senators -130

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