This SBR capper breaks down Tuesday’s game between St. Louis & Pittsburgh. His insightful betting preview looks deep inside the numbers, and it concludes with a money line selection.
The Blues will be playing in Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Penguins will host the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday at 7:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds, Pittsburgh is a -116 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. This will be the second and final meeting of the season between these teams. Pittsburgh was a 4-2 winner at St. Louis in the only other encounter.
End of a long Road Trip
The St. Louis Blues will be playing in the finale of a grueling six game in ten day road trip on Tuesday. Today will also be the Blues third game in the last four days, and their fourth in the previous six. They’ll be looking to snap a three game losing streak. St. Louis has seen six of their previous seven games go under the total, and they’ve scored one goal or less in four of those contests. Jake Allen is currently listed as the probable starting goaltender for the Blues. This will be just the fourth start for Allen in the month of March. He’s gone 1-2 in the previous three, compiled an average .905 save percentage, and has also managed to earn one shutout.
Power Outage for the Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins return home for the first time since completing a three game in five day road trip which saw them go 1-2, and each of those contests went under the total. They’re coming off a 3-1 win at Arizona on Saturday, and that victory ended a four game losing streak. It also must be noted, despite playing at home tonight, the Penguins have gone an uninspiring 5-7 against the money line in their last twelve games at the Xcel Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The offensively gifted Penguins have inexplicably gone through a prolonged goal scoring drought. They’ve scored one goal or less in four of the last five, and six of their previous eight games.
Marc-Andre Fleury is slated to be in goal for Pittsburgh this evening. Fleury has seen fifteen of his nineteen starts versus Western Conference opponents this season go under the total. He’s compiled an outstanding .942 save percentage in those outings. The Penguins enter tonight’s game on two days of rest, and I’ve already alluded to the demanding road trip the Blues will be concluding tonight. The handicapping factors pertaining to this matchup suggests the home side is the way to go, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do for one of my NHL picks on Tuesday.