Hurricanes to Blow Past the Blues

Dana Lane

Friday, October 27, 2017 4:48 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 4:48 PM UTC

The St. Louis Blues (7-2-1) travel to Raleigh, N.C., to take on the Carolina Hurricanes (4-3-1) at PNC Arena on Saturday evening with a puck drop of 7:30 p.m. ET.

Free NHL Pick: Hurricanes -112Best Line Offered: BetDSI

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St. Louis Blues at Carolina Hurricanes

Early wagering on tonight’s game has started as one would expect, with the Hurricanes opening at -120 according the SBR NHL odds page. Bettors raced to put their money on the Blues, pushing -120 to -115 with more than 59% of the total wagers coming in on St. Louis. Not a surprise with the Blues being the stronger of the two teams and the Hurricanes fresh off a big road win over the Toronto Maple Leafs -- people probably think that it’s a letdown spot for the ‘Canes against a superior opponent, rational thinking but not the winning side in this match-up.

Jake Allen (5-2-1, .912, 2.70 GAA) gets the start in net for St. Louis against Scott Darling (3-3-1, .899, 2.70) for Carolina.

It looked as if the Leafs would cruise to their eighth victory after opening up an early 2-0 lead against Bill Peters' team but the Hurricanes scored six goals on 38 shots to steal a road victory, sending notice to the rest of the league that Carolina is not to be taken lightly.

I haven’t sent out my first power rankings of the year yet, but with a win Carolina must be considered as a top 10 team. If people don’t think there is plenty of motivation for Carolina to win this game then you don’t understand the psychology of sports. The Hurricanes are playing game No. 3 against four straight playoff teams, with three of them at PNC Arena, and believe me they are motivated to serve notice that they’re for real. After dropping a 5-1 decision against the Lightning to start the four games, it wasn’t a surprise that Carolina looked to be the more inspired club against the Leafs -- especially after Toronto took the early lead.

That’s when Carolina picked it up and Toronto went to sleep, thinking the game was over. There still is a general lack of respect for the ‘Canes and as long as that exists you can’t blindly bet the superior team, especially on the road. The Blues travel back home to face the Columbus Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings starting Saturday, and not only do they get to go home, they get to stay home for two weeks. Where do you think their minds are?

The Hurricanes' depth came through against Toronto with fourth-liners Josh Jooris and Joakim Nordstrom finishing with three points, and third-line forward Jeff Skinner adding an assist. I always look to back teams with all four lines feeling involved in the offense.

There is no denying that the offseason moves by ‘Canes GM Ron Francis to bring in Darling, Marcus Kruger and Trevor Van Riemsdyk from Chicago has added an element of maturity and confidence to the roster.

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