David Perron, Ryan O’Reilly, and the St. Louis Blues are set to do battle against Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in an East-West tilt. Fox Sports Midwest will showcase the matchup, and the action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 3.
St. Louis Blues vs. New York Rangers Odds
New York (+125) is entering this one as the underdog to St. Louis (-145) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
St. Louis is 39-27 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.9 units this year. 33 of its games have gone over the total, while 31 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Blue Notes are 16-16 SU as the road team in 2019-20.
St. Louis enters the match up with the third-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s scored on 24.1 percent of its extra-man advantages this year. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 18th out of 31 teams, and the team’s successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all penalties..
Averaging 25.9 saves per game with a .910 save percentage, Jordan Binnington (29-18-7) has been the top option in goal for St. Louis this year. If head coach Craig Berube decides to rest him, however, the team may roll with Jake Allen (10-12-3 record, .922 save percentage, 2.31 goals against average).
On the other side of the rink, New York is 35-30 straight up (SU) and has earned 12.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 65 regular season matches, 32 of its games have gone over the total, while 31 have gone under and just two have pushed. It’s 17-16 SU as the home team this year.
The Rangers have converted on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 20th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.6 percent of all penalties.
Alexandar Georgiev (28.8 saves per game) has been the top choice in goal for the Rangers. Georgiev has 16 wins, 15 losses, and one overtime loss and has maintained a .912 save percentage and 3.02 goals against average this year.
St. Louis Blues vs. New York Rangers Free Picks
Free Pick: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over
The Blues are 2-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Rangers are 1-2 in shootouts.
For both of these teams, the over has hit in four of their past five matchups.
St. Louis skaters created 22.5 hits per game last season, while the Rangers forced 26.0 hits per contest.