Planning on watching today’s Blues and Hurricanes game? Catch the action at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC, as the Hurricanes hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 6.5 goals, and the Hurricanes are the home favorites against the Blues in a non-conference matchup.
ST. LOUIS BLUES VS CAROLINA HURRICANES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Carolina Hurricanes -1.5
This game will be played at PNC Arena at 8:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.
WHY BET THE CAROLINA HURRICANES:
- In spite of being 1.5 goal underdogs, we anticipate the Blues winning this one 4-3.
- We like the Blues on the moneyline (+159)
- The Blues are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Will St. Louis Be The Talk of PNC Arena?
In their 37 games, the Blues have a 19-17-1 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 12-6-0 record, and their record on the road is 7-11-1. This record has them sitting 6th in the Western Central division and 11th in the Western conference.
Regarding the puck line, St. Louis comes in with a 20-17 record. On the road against the puck line, they are 8-11, while their home record is 12-6. Games involving St. Louis have an average of 6.1 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.4. In terms of their over/under performance, the Blues come in with a record of 13-21-3.
When looking at their past three road matchups, St. Louis has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
The Blues come into the game scoring an average of 2.9 goals per game, putting them 26th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 23rd in the league. So far this year, the Blues are 9-7 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 9-9 in games with fewer shots on goal.
St. Louis’ current leading scorer is Robert Thomas. This season, he has 16 goals, which puts him 31st in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 25 assists so far.
In terms of defense, the Hurricanes head into the game ranked 31st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 25.6 shots per game against Carolina. So far, they are 13th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. Carolina, goalie Jordan Binnington has started 25 games in this season. His current record is 12-11, and his save percentage stands at 0.9509803921568627%.
Can the Carolina Offense Score Enough at Home?
This season, the Hurricanes have an overall record of 22-13-4. On the road, Carolina holds a 12-10-1 mark, and they are 10-3-3 when playing at home. At the moment, they hold the 2nd spot in the Eastern Metropolitan division and are ranked 4th in the Eastern conference.
Analyzing their performance against the puck line, Carolina has a 15-24 record. On the road they are 8-15 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is7-9. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Carolina is 6.6. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.2. The Hurricanes come in with an over/under record of 20-18-1.
In their last three home games, Carolina has averaged 5 goals per game while allowing 1. The team’s record in this stretch was 3-0 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.
Offensively, the Hurricanes come into the game at 3.5 goals per contest placing 4th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 1st position in the league. Carolina’s offense is currently ranked 2nd in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 5th in the league.
The leading scorer for Carolina’s offense is Sebastian Aho. Coming into the game he has 15 goals, ranking 36th in the NHL. Aho also comes into the game with 31 assists.
Defensively, the Hurricanes come into the season ranked 31st in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 25.6 shots per game against Carolina. For the season, they are ranked 13th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. St. Louis, goalie Antti Raanta has started 13 games in this season. His current record is 7-5, and his save percentage stands at 0.43137254901960786%.