We’ll be honing in on the NHL total for tonight’s game between St. Louis and Carolina. We invite you to read our revealing preview article on this contest which concludes with a superb 39-13 NHL totals betting system.
Canes playing the Blues at Home
The Carolina Hurricanes will host the St. Louis Blues tonight at 7:05 PM ET. Our emphasis will be placed on the total in this contest. According to the NHL betting odds at Bovada, the current posted total is 5.0.
Both Teams trending toward a Low Scoring Game
The Carolina Hurricanes have seen just four of their twenty-one home games (19%) go over the total this season. The Hurricanes have also seen all seven home games this season go under the total when facing a non-conference opponent. During their previous 5-games, the Canes have gone just 1-for-13 (7.7%) on the power play. The good news for Carolina, they’ve done a great job killing penalties during those same five games. During that time, opponents have gone an identical 1-for-13 on the power play.
The St. Louis Blues enter tonight having won eight of their previous ten games. That’s significant in regards to tonight’s total. The Blues have seen ten of twelve games go under the total in the past two seasons after winning eight or more of their last ten. The St. Louis has gone a terrible 2-for-18 (11.1%) on the power play during their last five games. However, their penalty killing has been superb during that same time frame, allowing just two power play goals by the opposition in sixteen shorthanded situations.
NHL Betting System
Carolina has allowed two goals or less in each of their previous three games. St. Louis is coming off a 5-4 overtime win versus the Nashville Predators last night. The combination of those results leads us to a straightforward and direct betting system pertaining to tonight’s total. I’m going to lean heavily on this vital handicapping tool when making one of my NHL picks for Friday.
Any home team (Carolina) with a total of 5.0 or less, coming off two consecutive games in which they allowed two goals or less in each of those contests, versus an opponent coming off an overtime win, has seen that home team go under the total on 39 of those 52 occasions (75%) during the past five seasons.
NHL Pick: Play on St. Louis and Carolina to go under the total of 5.0 at Bodog