St. Louis Blues at Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Preview
05 January 2022
— Wednesday, January 05th St. Louis Blues @ Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins host the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night in a game that will have plenty of attention around the NHL. This should be a high-scoring affair as each team has a ton of offensive talent on their roster.
St. Louis has won four of their last five games, and they are starting to climb up the rankings in the Western Conference. The Blues have now picked up 43 points on the year, and they are on the short list of Stanley Cup title favorites.
Pittsburgh comes into this one having won seven straight games, and they have racked up 41 points on the season. The Penguins are still in second place in the Metropolitan Division, but they are trending in the right direction.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are the moneyline favorites at -140.
St. Louis Scoring Some Goals
St. Louis comes into Wednesday night averaging 3.45 goals per game this season, and they can score in a variety of ways. The Blues are allowing just 2.7 goals per game, but they will give up some goals at times.
Vladimir Tarasenko leads the way with 14 goals and 33 total points, and he has been turning it on of late. The Blues have converted on 30 percent of their power play chances and they are dangerous with the man advantage.
Goaltender Jordan Binnington has gone 10-6-3 in net this season and he is a huge key to the success of this team. The Blues gave up four goals in a win over the Minnesota Wild, but they have an offense that can make up for the inconsistent defense.
Penguins Playing With Pace
The Penguins are almost as explosive as the Blues on the offensive end of the ice, and they have definitely played in higher-scoring affairs. Pittsburgh is averaging 3.16 goals per game, and they just scored eight goals in their most recent win.
Jake Guentzel has a team-high 16 goals on the year, and also leads the team with 29 total points. Defenseman Kris Letang has also had a big year offensively as he has registered a team-high 21 assists.
Goaltender Tristan Jarry has posted a record of 15-5-4 on the year, and he is giving up less than two goals per game. Jarry and the Penguins defense will have a tough time trying to slow down the mighty Blues offense. However, Pittsburgh may be turning to Casey DeSmith (3-3-1, 3.32 GAA, .894 save %, one shutout) between the pipes, so keep an eye on the starter.
Blues Beat the Penguins
Pittsburgh has been playing games at a fast pace, but that’s not going to be a good strategy to use against the Blues. Even though the Penguins can really score, the Blues just have more offensive weapons at their disposal.
St. Louis is only a few years removed from winning the Stanley Cup and they are going to be a tough out in the postseason yet again. This should be a high-scoring affair, but it will be the Blues that do most of the scoring.
Bet the St. Louis Blues moneyline as they head into Pittsburgh and pick up an impressive victory over the Penguins in this showdown.
Dunkel Index Pick: St. Louis Blues Moneyline (-118).
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