January 9 2013 Expert NHL Picks

January 9 2013 Expert NHL Picks

We needed just one more goal last night to send that game over the total as it ended in a 3-2 Rangers victory. The Blackhawks out-shot the Rangers 37-32 but couldn’t manage to put another goal on the board to cash our over.

St.Louis Blues @ Calgary Flames: BLUES -1.5 (Puck Line) 2.63

The St.Louis Blues will play their second game in Alberta this week, after defeating the Oilers 5-2 on Tuesday. The Blues have won five in a row, and have covered the puck line in 3 of those 5 games. With the Chicago Blackhawks scoring only two goals last night, the Blues are now the highest scoring team in the NHL with 3.60 goals per game. The Flames are in trouble: they don’t have a defense, and don’t have an offense either. The Calgary defense ranks 28th overall, allowing 3.14 goals against per game. The Oilers have the worst defense in the NHL allowing 3.46 goals against per game, however they can at least score a few goals, and struggled to score against St.Louis, allowing 11 goals against them in 2 games, while they managed to score just 2 goals of their own in 2 games (both goals came in one game). We have a Flames offense that is 2nd worst in the NHL, scoring just 2.26 goals per game with the only team worse than them being the Buffalo Sabres (1.64 G/G). Even the Oilers offense scores 2.54 goals per game (20th overall) and they could only put 2 goals past St.Louis on Tuesday. The Flames lost their last outing to the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 6-0, not able to put even one goal past the 22nd ranked defense in the NHL (Phoenix). The Blues have the 3rd place defense, allowing just 2.26 goals against per game. Things won’t get any easier for the Flames tonight against the Blues. Scoring has practically halted for the Flames over their last 10 games, scoring a mere 1.30 goals per game while allowing 3.10 goals against per game over their L10. The Blues scored a whopping 4.20 goals per game over their last 10 games, and have allowed just 2.00 GA/G which is even better than their average of 2.26 GA/G. When we look at special teams, the Blues have the Flames dominated, as the Blues have a 24.3 PP% (4th overall) and an 84.8% penalty kill (6th) while the Flames are going just 14.0% on the power play (27th) and 14.0% on the penalty kill (27th). The Flames power play and penalty kill have been even less effective over their last 10 games, maintaining a 12.9 PP%, and have gone just 75% on the penalty kill. Jaroslav Halak is the confirmed starter for the Blues tonight, with a record of 17-6-3, a 2.40 GAA and a .907 SV%. The Flames will likely turn to Reto Berra tonight. Berra has a record of 5-12-2, a 3.09 GAA and a .898 SV%. The Blues are 18-2-2 on one days rest, and 14-8 ATS on one days rest. The Flames have lost 8 of their last 10 games, and have lost by 2 or more goals in 6 of those 8 losses. We will look for the Blues to win by at least 2 goals tonight in Calgary.

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