The Blues and Rangers are set to face off at 7:30 ET on ESPN+. The Rangers will host the game at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. The over/under for this game is set at 6 goals, and the Rangers are favored by -1.5 vs. the Blues in a non-conference matchup.

ST. LOUIS BLUES VS NEW YORK RANGERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: New York Rangers -1.5

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 ET on Saturday, March 9th.

WHY BET THE NEW YORK RANGERS:

  • Our projections indicate that the Rangers should come out top with a projected score of 4-2.
  • Take the Rangers on the moneyline
  • The Rangers should also cover at -1.5

Can St. Louis Grab a Win on the Road?

When playing on the road this season, St. Louis has gone 14-17-2 and is on a two-game losing streak. In the Western Conference, the Blues are in 10th place and have a record of 18-17 against other teams in the West. Overall, St. Louis is 32-28-3 and has lost three of their last five games.

As the underdog, St. Louis has gone 25-20-3 this season and has lost two straight games when not favored. Against teams in the Central Division, the Blues have gone 8-12 and are in fifth place. In their last 10 games, St. Louis is just 3-7.

On the season, the Blues’ puck line record is 35-28, including going 16-17 on the road. They have had 19 of their 48 games as the underdog go to multiple goals, and their average scoring margin this year is -.3 goals per game.

So far, St. Louis has dropped two straight games vs. the puck line and has gone 4-6 over their last 10 games. In their last 10 road games, the Blues have gone 5-5 vs. the puck line.

This season, St. Louis’ games are averaging 5.9 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.3. The Blues currently have an over/under record of 25-32-6.

Through their last three road games, St. Louis has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 1-2 while averaging 1 goals per game.

For their offensive performance, the Blues come in averaging 2.8 goals per game this season, which is 26th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 26th in the league. St. Louis’ offense comes into the game ranked 24th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 3rd in the NHL.

The leading scorer for St. Louis’ offense is Pavel Buchnevich. Coming into the game he has 24 goals, ranking 39th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 24 assists so far.

New York defense takes on the Blues ranked 21st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.4 shots per game against New York. They also are 21st in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Jordan Binnington has started 43 games this season. His current record stands at 22-17, and his save percentage is 0.963%.

Can the Rangers Deliver Being Favored at Home?

At home this season, the Rangers have been dominant, going 21-8-0. In the Eastern Conference, they sit in 3rd place and have a record of 40-18-4. In their division, the Metropolitan, they are in first place.

Over their last ten games, the Rangers have gone 7-3, and they have been favored in 48 of their 62 games this season. Against other Eastern Conference teams, they have gone 22-12.

At home this season, the Rangers have a puck line record of 14-15 and an average scoring margin of +.7 goals per game. So far, New York has 24 wins by multiple goals and 16 wins by just one goal.

Overall, the Rangers’ puck line record is 31-31, and their puck line record as the favorite is 19-29. In their last ten home games, the team’s puck line record is 7-3.

The average goal total for New York’s games is sitting at 6.1. The average over/under line for the season is 6.1. The Rangers come in with an over/under record of 31-28-3.

In their last three games away from home, the Blues have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 1 goals per game in these contests.

On the offensive side, the Rangers are scoring an 3.3 goals per game this season, ranking 11th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 17th in the league. The New York offense is ranked 7th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 22nd in the NHL.

New York’s current leading scorer is Artemi Panarin. This season, he has 35 goals, which puts him 7th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Panarin has 50 assists this season.

Defensively, the Rangers are currently 21st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.4 shots per game against New York. They also are 21st in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Igor Shesterkin has started 41 games this season. His current record stands at 26-13, and his save percentage is 0.907%.