The NHL provides us with just one game on Monday, January 30, and it’s a divisional rivalry game in Winnipeg, so make sure you check out the best Blues vs. Jets betting pick and odds.
St. Louis is desperate to avoid the fifth loss in a row, while Winnipeg is looking to avoid the fourth straight defeat when they meet at Canada Life Centre. The Jets are -175 moneyline favorites on BetOnline Sportsbook, while the total is set at 6 goals. These Central Division foes have met twice this season and the Jets lead the series 2-0.
Blues’ defense wasn’t good enough again
The St. Louis Blues (23-24-2-1, 22-28 ATS) lost six of the previous eight games and are on a four-game losing skid after losing the most recent game to the Colorado Avalanche on the road. The Blues conceded at least four goals in each of their six losses, while the offense hasn’t been good enough on the other end. St. Louis will conclude a three-game road trip with this clash in Winnipeg and then will play the next four games at home.
The Blues trailed 3-0 in Denver when Brayden Schenn and Ivan Barbashev scored for St. Louis to cut the deficit to one, but Matt Nieto scored an empty-netter for the Avalanche to seal the victory for the home team. This season, Jordan Kyrou leads the Blues in points with 47 (G 23, A 24); Robert Thomas contributed 43 (G 12, A 21), while Pavel Buchnevich has 38 points (G 15, A 23).
Jordan Binnington (18-17-3) is a probable goaltender for St. Louis against the Jets on Monday. The 29-year-old is allowing 3.28 goals per game this year with a .891 SV% and two shutouts.
C Ryan O’Reilly (foot), D Marco Scandella (hip), RW Pavel Buchnevich (ankle), and D Scott Perunovich (shoulder) are out indefinitely. RW Robert Thomas (lower body) is questionable to face Winnipeg on Monday.
Jets fired blanks against Philadelphia at home
The Winnipeg Jets (31-19-1-0, 30-21 ATS) is struggling offensively at the moment and the fact that they scored just three goals in the last three games caused all three defeats in that stretch. The Jets were held scoreless by the Philadelphia Flyers in the latest 4-0 loss, which was only the second time this season Winnipeg failed to score a single goal. Winnipeg lost the opening two of a five-game homestay, and after this tilt against St. Louis, the Jets will host Chicago and Seattle.
Even though they had 40 shots toward Carter Hart’s goal, the Jets couldn’t find the back of the net and Hart recorded his first shutout of the campaign. So far this year, Kyle Connor is Winnipeg’s top offensive producer with 57 points (G 24, A 33), followed by Pierre-Luc Dubois with 52 (G 22, A 30) and Josh Morrissey with 51 points (G 8, A 43).
Connor Hellebuyck is slated to start at the goal for the Jets against the Blues on Monday. The 29-year-old is conceding 2.46 goals per contest this season along with a .923 SV% and three shutouts.
RW Mason Appleton (wrist) and C David Gustafsson (upper body) are out indefinitely. D Dylan DeMelo (lower body) is questionable to feature on Sunday against the Blues.
- 0-4 in the last four overall
- 7-15 in the last 22 after scoring two goals or less in their previous game
- 1-4 in the last five vs. Western Conference rivals
- 8-1 in the last nine games following a home loss of three or more goals
- 21-8 in the last 29 home games
- 16-5 in the last 21 vs. Central Division opponents
St. Louis Blues vs. Winnipeg Jets Pick
Although Winnipeg’s offense is better than St. Louis, I believe a stronger defense is going to prevail in this one. The Jets have the fifth-best defense in the NHL that allows 2.65 goals per game, while the Blues are not even in the top 20 in that segment as their D surrenders 3.60 goals per contest. Considering how badly St. Louis plays offensively of late, I am pretty sure the Jets will not have problems containing the visitors and making them pay on the other end. St. Louis is missing some important players, which is another reason to back Winnipeg here.
Pick: Take the Jets at -1.5 Puck Line (+135)
With both teams having issues in front of the goal lately, I don’t expect a high-scoring affair on Monday. The previous H2H in Winnipeg ended 4-0 for the Jets and I wouldn’t be surprised if we have a similar outcome in this encounter. Under is 23-8-2 in the Jets’ last 33 home games; Under is 14-2 in Winnipeg’s previous 16 games playing on one day of rest, while Under is 9-1 in the Jets’ last ten vs. Western Conference rivals.
Pick: Go Under 6 goals (-110)