Bet On The Blues Fast Start Versus Florida

Dana Lane

Thursday, October 12, 2017 5:03 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 5:03 PM UTC

Going from a West Coast winner to the East Coast where the St. Louis Blues roll in to the BB&T Center to face the Florida Panthers. Puck drops at 7:30 ET/4:30 PT

Huge plus money winner last night as the ‘over’ easily cashed when Mathew Tkachuk netted his second goal of the season for the Flames to tie the score at three. That score ensured that we would easily cash our +125 wager. The win puts us at almost six units of profit as we ride the wave of a six-game winning streak. Tonight’s best odds can be found courtesy of Pinnacle.

Early wagering on the SBR odds page has seen bettors pounce on the Florida Panthers in the 1st period. The number opened at Florida -115 and quickly was bet up to -118 at Pinnacle. For my followers, we’re going to take advantage of their 25 cent line and the St. Louis Blues who are sitting at +107. Again, not a huge risk considering our bankroll is soaring and our wager will only be one unit. Slow and steady wins the race.

Although the Blues are undefeated the number seems about right because through two games the Panthers have averaged 42 shots per game, resulting in a four-goal per game average. Despite the undefeated start, most bettors are counting on the injuries to catch up to the Blues soon. Alexander Steen, Robby Fabri, Patrik Berglund, Jay Bouwmeester, and Zach Sanford are all out with Bouwmeester the closest to returning from an ankle injury and that won’t be for a week at best. Even with the plethora of injuries, the Blues have been solid offensively and even better defensively.

Six Blues are averaging over a point a game led by Jaden Schwartz’s seven points. Mike Yeo’s team is even receiving some scoring from the blue-line, Carl Gunnarsson chipped in with three points in four games while supporting a +2.

One of the better moves in the offseason appears to be Doug Armstrong’s acquisition of Brayden Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers. Schenn, a second line center, has already contributed with five points.

The Blues are getting outstanding goaltending from Jake Allen and Carter Hutton. Allen gets the call tonight as he looks to improve on his .930 save percentage which ranks him 7th in the NHL among netminders who have started at least two games. His 107 saves in this early season have him ranked 5th in that category. Allen appears to be in a groove since allowing four goals against Pittsburgh.

I know it’s a new year for the Panthers but I need to see that Florida has turned the corner as an organization. Last year, Vincent Viola’s team was a mess as they tried to figure out if they were going to let Dale Tallon do his job or if analytics was going to do it for him.

We’re cashing early with the Blues.

Free NHL Picks: St. Louis Blues +107 1st PeriodBest Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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