NHL Betting: St Louis Blues To Cruise To Victory Over The Maple Leafs


Columbus Blue Jackets 2.15, the Tie 3.70, Detroit Red Wings 3.00 (BET and WATCH live on Unibet TV from 23.35 GMT)

A critical game in the East between two of the four clubs likely to be vying for wildcard that are blanketed by just two points.

The Jackets were a huge let down on Sunday as they surrendered to the NY Islanders, failing to score against one of the league's worst defences is one thing but it's six goals from regular play in their past five games.

In Motor City, Gustav Nyquist's hands might just be the hottest in the league with an unbelievable 18 goals in the last 23 games, he's formed a unit with Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan dubbed "the Kid Line" and they've stepped up big time as many of their stars remain unavailable.

Typically of the Red Wings though, they're heating up at the right time to preserve their phenomenal record of consecutive playoff appearances that's been running from 1990/91, 9 points from 12 since they most recently played the Jackets has put their fate in their own hands.

Sergei Bobrovsky's heriocs in the Columbus net and a third period flurry decided that even contest two weeks ago to the day, it's Detroit who have played the better hockey over the period in between and I think they look good value at 3.00.

 

Toronto Maple Leafs 3.00, the Tie 3.85, St Louis Blues 2.08 (BET and WATCH live on Unibet TV from 23.05 GMT)

It must be hard being a hockey fan from Toronto.

Like the teams above the Maple Leafs are another team on the bubble, but only because of a terrible five-game losing streak that has left their followers fearing the worst.

There's no dispute where most of the nervous energy is being directed and it's right at goalie James Reimer, currently deputising for the injured Jonathan Bernier he's seen 18 shots find twine beyond him in his latest five starts. 

St Louis showed their battling qualities by taking on one of the few teams with an arguably higher skill level than them in Pittsburgh and ground out a 1-0 win.

Captain David Backes was magnificent when matched up against their superstars and will no doubt be sent out to neutralise the Leafs' key Bozak/Kessel line tonight.

Coach Ken Hitchcock emphasised the importance of knuckling down on defence whilst they aren't clicking up front, tonight against a struggling opponent is probably a very good opportunity to get their offensive mojo back. Take the Blues to show little mercy and power their way to a clear victory.

Best Bet: St Louis Blues to overcome -1.5 goal handicap at 3.10.