Nico Hischier, Kyle Palmieri, and the New Jersey Devils are set to do battle against David Perron, Ryan O’Reilly, and the St. Louis Blues at the Enterprise Center in an East-West tilt. The match will get started at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 18 and it’ll air live on Fox Sports Midwest.
New Jersey Devils vs. St. Louis Blues Odds
Playing the role of favorites will be the Blues (-215), whereas the Devils are showing moneyline odds of +180, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been placed at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -135 for the over and +115 for the under at Draftkings NJ Sportsbook.
St. Louis is 32-27 straight up (SU) and has recorded -2.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far. That win percentage, the third-best in the Central Division so far in the early season, hasn’t moved much from what the team produced during last year’s regular season (45-37). Of the team’s 59 games this season, 30 have gone over the total, while 27 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team’s 18-11 SU at home this year.
The Blues have converted on 24.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 17th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all penalties.
Averaging 26.6 saves per game with a .909 save percentage, Jordan Binnington (24 wins, 18 losses, and seven OT losses) has been the best goalkeeper for St. Louis this year. If St. Louis decides to give him a breather, however, it could turn to Jake Allen (8-12-12 record, .922 save percentage, 2.36 goals against average).
New Jersey has lost 9.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 22-36 straight up (SU). A total of 32 of its contests have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under the total and just one has pushed. As an away team, the Devils are 12-16 SU so far.
The Devils have converted on just 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 15th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.0 percent of all opponent power plays.
MacKenzie Blackwood (.913 save percentage and 2.79 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for New Jersey. Blackwood is averaging 27.7 saves per game and owns a 19-22-7 record.
New Jersey Devils at St. Louis Blues Free Picks
NHL Pick: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over
Four of the Devils’ last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 2-2 in those games and 4-6 overall in shootouts this season.
The total has gone over in three of New Jersey’s last five outings.
Five of St. Louis’ last ten games have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 1-4 overall in those games.
New Jersey skaters notched 23.5 hits per game last season, while the Blue Notes logged 22.5 hits per matchup.