Two of the best teams in the NHL square off tonight when St. Louis and Tampa Bay clash. Read our insightful betting preview article on this contest which concludes with a money line selection.
Playing the Blues in Tampa
The Tampa Bay Lightning will play host to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday at 7:35 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Bookmaker, Tampa Bay is a -125 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.5. These teams met once this season and St. Louis skated away with a 2-1 win on home ice. As a matter of fact, in their three meetings since the start of last season, the home team has won on each of those occasions.
The St. Louis Blues are coming off a 2-1 home win over the Arizona Coyotes in their previous game. That win snapped a two game losing streak, and also improved the Blues to 13-3 over their last sixteen games. St. Louis has gone a superb 14-2 against the money line this season following a one goal win. The Blues enter tonight having won five of their previous six games on the road, and they’ve failed to stay under the total in any of their previous ten away tilts. As a matter of fact, St. Louis has gone under the total in just 25.9% of their 54-games this season.
Lightning Strikes at Home
The Tampa Bay Lightning has been one of the best teams on home ice in the NHL this season. They’ve gone 22-6 against the money line in that role and $100 bettors have made a profit of $1160 by wagering on the Lightning at home. Tampa Bay will be facing an opponent (Blues) today that averages 31.6 shots on goal per game, and has an impressive +0.6 goal per game differential. Tampa has gone 25-10 this season versus opponents that average 29.5 or more shots on goal per contest, and are 8-0 against teams that have a +0.3 or better goal per game differential.
Tonight will be the St. Louis Blues ninth game in the last fifteen days. On the other hand, Tampa Bay will be playing just their sixth game in the last twelve days. In an evenly matched game such as this one, rest can be a key contributing factor in giving you the slightest of betting edges, and the Lightning are clearly the more rested team. Tampa Bay is slated to go with Ben Bishop in goal tonight. Bishop has gone a terrific 20-5 at home this season with a stellar .927 save percentage. The Lightning has also gone a red-hot 11-1 in their last twelve games at home. The home team in this contest will be one of my NHL picks on Thursday.
NHL Pick: Tampa Bay -125 over St. Louis on the money line at Bookmaker.