The National Hockey League season continues to roll on as the month of February arrives. The home Blues won 6 out of their first 9 games in January, and come into the tilt on Tuesday tied with Colorado atop the West Division.
The standings are tight though, with the Blues, Colorado, Minnesota and Vegas all within 2 points of each other. The visiting Arizona Coyotes are 3-4-1 on the season, with 7 points on the season. Arizona is coming off a win over the Ducks in their last game. They had their last two games against Vegas postponed due to COVID-19.
The Blues come into this game as the favorite, at -165 over Arizona.
Coyotes Looking for Some Offense
The Arizona Coyotes are looking to get some offense going as they come to St. Louis for a pair of games. Arizona is scoring 2.5 goals per game, and just 3 goals in their last 3 games. The Coyotes went back to back games losing 1-0 to Vegas and Anaheim.
Phil Kessel leads the team in goals this season with 4 on 20 shots. Jakob Chychrun has been the leading assist man with 5, while Christian Dvorak leads the team with 7 points on the season.
Goaltender Darcy Kuemper is projected to be in between the pipes for Arizona in this tilt. Kuemer has started 7 out of the first 8 games this season. On the season, he has allowed 17 goals in 7 games. Kuemper has a 91.0 save percentage on the season and is 2-4-1. If he does not get the start, Antti Raanta will, and he has won his only start this season.
The Coyotes have seen several seasons of struggles. Arizona is coming off a 33-29-8 season last year, which was good enough for a trip to the bubble. The Coyotes snapped a streak of 7 straight seasons without postseason play. Arizona was eliminated in the first round to Colorado. The previous season, they finished with 86 points.
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Blues Seeking 4th Straight
Craig Berube and the St. Louis Blues are looking for their fourth straight win. The Blues beat Vegas on Tuesday, and then won back to back games in Anaheim. St. Louis went 2-1-1 during their first home stand. In the current win streak, the Blues have scored 5 goals per game, while allowing just 2.
Jordan Binnington projects to get the start for the Blues in net. The Stanley Cup champion goaltender has made 7 starts this season, and won 5 of them. Binnington has allowed 2.49 goals per game, and made 191 saves on 208 shots this season.
Binnington’s lone struggle this season was the 8-0 loss to Colorado where he allowed the first 4 goals before leaving the game after two periods.
The Blues offensive leaders this season have been Brayden Schenn, Jordan Kyrou and David Perron. Schenn leads the team with 6 goals, while Kyrou has emerged as a scorer with 10 points as well. Perron has been a mixed back with 4 goals and 5 assists this season. Torey Krug has come over to St. Louis from Boston and dished out 4 assists thus far in 2021.
Arizona Coyotes at St. Louis Blues Betting Pick: Blues Keep Rolling
This has St. Louis Blues written all over it. The team is playing well, and now coming back home for a week, with some more fans in the stands. The Blues know they need to take these games if they want to stay at the top of the tough West Division.
Arizona has a tough time scoring enough goals, and if the Blues offense can keep the pressure on, they are in trouble. Look for the Blues to get a lead early and cruise. St. Louis wins the first of two against Arizona.
Bet the Blues -165 and consider taking the Blues -1.5 for plus money.