Panthers/Blues to go Over the NHL Odds total of 5.0

Ross Benjamin

Monday, December 8, 2014 9:23 PM GMT

Are you looking for NHL betting value on the total in tonight’s game between Florida and St. Louis? We invite you to read our revealing perspective on the total.

Florida Panthers visit City with the Golden Arch
The Blues will play host to the Panthers tonight at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis with the opening face-off slated for 8:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Bovada, the Blues are a -205 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. This will be the first meeting of the season between these teams. The Blues dominated the Panthers last season, winning both games by a cumulative score of 11-0. As a matter of fact, the Blues have won their last 4-games versus the Panthers, and Florida hasn’t defeated St. Louis since 10/31/2009 in a 4-0 road win.

 

Less than Impressive but Better than Expected
The Florida Panthers 11-14 money line record to start the season is hardly anything to brag about. However, considering they finished 15th overall in the Eastern Conference a season ago, and expectations entering the season were less than encouraging, they’ve had a far better than expected start to the 2014-2015 NHL campaign. As a matter of fact, 7 of Florida’s 14-losses this season have come in overtime, and they’ve been able to secure 7-ponts more in the standings by being tied at the end of 3rd period. Putting Florida’s start to the season in perspective, if the season were to end today, the Panthers would be the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference, and be part of the NHL postseason.

 

Special Night in St. Louis
Due to the injury sustained by #1 goaltender Brian Elliot, and with backup goaltender Jake Allen being a rookie, the Blues recently signed future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur as an insurance policy. It didn’t take Brodeur long to contribute. The Blues quickly fell behind 3-0 on the road versus the Islanders on Saturday and pulled starter Jake Allen, replacing him with Brodeur. He proceeded to stop 14 of 15 Islanders shots on goal, and was instrumental in the 6-4 come from behind win by the Blues. Tonight will be his starting debut for his new team, and it will mark the first time in the 42-year old veteran’s illustrious career, he’ll be in that role for any team other than the New Jersey Devils.

 

All is well for the Blues
The St. Louis Blues enter tonight’s game tied with Nashville for 2nd place in the Central Division, and are in a 3-way tie for 3rd overall in the Western Conference standings. They’ve also gone 9-games in a row without going under the total. The Blues have allowed 4-goals in each of their previous 3-games, and 3-goals or more in 5 of the last 6. They’ve also averaged 3.3 goals scored per outing over their last 8-games.

 

Final Analysis
The Panthers are averaging only 2.2 goals per game this season. However, they’re showing signs of breaking out offensively by scoring 3-goals or more in the last 3, and 4 of their last 5-games. I’ve already touched upon the fact that the Blues have failed to go under the total in each of their previous 9-games. I’ll have a small lean toward this game playing on the high side of the number as one of my NHL picks for today.

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