Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Ducks vs Blues NHL Odds
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(13-11-7) Anaheim Ducks vs. St. Louis Blues (21-9-2)
Date: Thursday, December 14th
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: OFF
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Blues -147
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Two Western Conference teams meet at the Scottrade Center in the Gateway to the West on Thursday night, with the visiting Ducks looking to emulate the sterling form of the St. Louis Blues, one of the best teams in the NHL to date.
The Ducks have been stingy enough in 2017-18, but the goal-scoring is not where it needs to be, even with the addition of Adam Henrique from the Devils, who has been on fire since joining up in SoCal.
The Ducks rank ninth in the league in goals against (just 2.8 per on average) and an impressive sixth on the penalty kill (83.2% clip). Still, centre Rickard Rakell leads the team in goals with just eight. Corey Perry is still an effective player, but his best hockey is likely in the rearview mirror.
One thing Anaheim boasts is a great blueline, even with the trade where it sent Sami Vatanen to New Jersey in exchange for Henrique. The Ducks organization develop defenceman very well, which holds them in good enough stead when the goals dry up – to at least be competitive in the Pacific division.
St. Louis Blues
The Blues have been fantastic this year, and they’ve got size, speed and skill – everything you want in a modern NHL Cup contender. But this isn’t the first year we’ve said this about St. Louis; they are sort of like the Washington Capitals of the West – strong regular seasons, followed by fizzling out in the playoffs. St. Louis really needs to continue this calibre of play into the spring.
Two revelations this year have been Jaden Schwartz, among the league leaders in points with 35, joining Brayden Schenn (leading the team with 37), sublimely talented Russian Vladimir Tarasenko and D-man Alex Pietrangelo, who has been amazing but was recently put on injured reserve with a foot injury.
Throw in others like Paul Stastny and Colton Parayko into the mix, and you can quickly see why the Blues have been playing like a juggernaut.
Free Anaheim Ducks vs. St. Louis Blues NHL Prediction:
Despite being riddled with injuries so far, the Anaheim Ducks are always tough customers. They truly have a strong franchise down in Orange County, California. Yet, with the form the home team has displayed thus far, it would be crazy to not like St. Louis in the Scottrade Center in this match-up.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Blues -147
NHL Free Score Prediction: Anaheim 1 – St. Louis 3
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