|8: ST LOUIS
Last Updated: 2017-11-09
Two of the least-penalized clubs in the league, the Arizona Coyotes and the St. Louis Blues meet at the Scottrade Center in a Western Conference tilt. Fox Sports Arizona will air the action, which gets going at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 9.
Arizona Coyotes at St. Louis Blues Odds
St. Louis (-240) is currently the favorite over Arizona (+200) and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -120 over, +100 under.
St. Louis is 12-4 straight up (SU) and has earned 7.8 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, ranked first in the league so far in the early season, is a solid improvement compared to how the team performed during the 2016-17 season (46-36). Among its 16 games this season, eight have gone over the total, while another eight have gone under and none have pushed. The team’s 6-1 SU at home this season.
The Blues have converted on 16.7 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 22nd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.6 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Blues have been penalized just 3.8 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 6.6 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, overall.
Averaging 27.7 saves per game with a .921 save percentage, Jake Allen (nine wins, four losses, and one OT loss) has been the top goalkeeper for St. Louis this season. If head coach Mike Yeo chooses to rest him, however, the team may turn to the undefeated Carter Hutton (3-0 record, .950 save percentage, 1.67 goals against average).
Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko will each look to continue their strong seasons for the Blues. Schwartz (21 points) is up to nine goals and 12 assists and has recorded two or more points in six different games this year. Tarasenko has eight goals and 11 assists to his name and has notched a point in 11 games.
Over on the other bench, Arizona is 2-15 straight up (SU) and has lost 13.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 17 regular season contests, 11 of its games have gone over the total, while five have gone under and just one has pushed. As an away team, the Coyotes are 1-9 SU so far.
The Coyotes have converted on just 14.5 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 28th overall and it’s successfully defended 75.0 percent of all opponent power plays.
Arizona’s skaters have been penalized only 3.3 times per game in total this season, 3.8 per game over their past five outings total, and 3.8 per game over their last five on the road. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 7.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
The winless Louis Domingue (23.7 saves per game) has been the main choice in goal for Arizona. Domingue owns a 0-7 record, and has registered a .856 save percentage and 4.33 goals against average this year.
Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Coyotes will be Clayton Keller, who’s got 11 goals and six assists this year.
Arizona Coyotes at St. Louis Blues Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Under
66.7 percent of St. Louis’ wins have come by two or more goals (the team is 8-2 overall in such games) while only 0.0 percent of Arizona’s wins have come by two goals or more (0-9 overall in such games).
Penalties and power plays may prove to be extremely important in the outcome of this one. The Coyotes are 1-8 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 2-11 when they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Blues are 4-2 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 8-3 when they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
St. Louis could hold the upper hand if this one comes down to the wire. The team’s 4-2 in games decided by one goal, while Arizona is 2-6 in such games.
The under has hit in three of St. Louis’ last five games.
St. Louis has averaged 4.8 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 5.2 giveaways per game (the 2nd-fewest in the league).
Arizona skaters have averaged 7.6 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 9.1 giveaways per game (ranked 16th overall).
This game features two of the more physical defenses in the league. Arizona skaters have accounted for the league’s third-most hits per game (25.5) while the Blues have recorded the fourth-most (24.9).