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02/19 - Toronto Maple Leafs @ St. Louis Blues
Pick: St. Louis Blues ML -125
St. Louis, we meet again - if you've been tailing me lately you'll know this is my third time picking the Blues in my last 7 picks as I've ridden them pretty hard on their incredibly impressive win streak and think we can make some cash on them again with a good price. They've now won 10 straight games outscoring opponents 40-14 in that stretch - scoring a whopping 4.00 goals per game while allowing just 1.40 on the other end, they've firing on all cylinders and operating effectively on both sides of the ice. They've been even more dominant in their last three games posting THREE STRAIGHT SHUTOUTS, winning 4-0, 3-0, and 4-0 - good lord, is Jordan Binnington actually the return of the Messiah? They return home after an extremely successful road trip where they've won 4 straight games outscoring opponents 18-8. They're playing their fourth game in 6 days but have won their last 5 games on such an occasion and have also had a ton of success against this Toronto team recently, and the Leafs have looked iffy recently dropping games on the road to the Rags and Coyotes in the last week. The Blues have won 5 straight games against the Leafs with the most recent victory coming this season in a 4-1 win in Toronto, and given the current form this Blues team is in I don't see Toronto turning this streak around here tonight.
Jordan Binnington will start in goal for St. Louis and he's on an absolutely mindblowing run, starting his career with the Blues with his current 12-1-1 record posting a 1.58 GAA. He's been even better lately having won 8 straight starts coming into this one with a 1.25 GAA in that stretch and THREE shutouts. Wow. Meanwhile, the Leafs will start Freddy Andersen in net and he's been decent lately (5-2 with a 2.57 GAA in his last 7 starts) but has been really bad against the Blues in recent years and has lost 7 straight starts against St. Louis with a poor 3.47 GAA in those contests. Give Binnington the edge.