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03/12 - Arizona Coyotes @ St. Louis Blues
Pick: St. Louis Blues 3-Way ML (in regulation) -120
Hope y'all were able to take this when I posted last night as there was some serious overnight line movement in favor of St. Louis. The Blues return home after a 3-game road trip during which they defeated the Ducks and Kings and lost in OT to the Sharks. This is their only home game between 3/2 and 3/19 and I expect them to come out firing for their home crowd as they continue to fight for playoff positioning. St. Louis has won 7 of their last 8 home games with the only loss coming to the Stars who have been somewhat of a bugaboo for the Blues this season. They've won 4 straight games against teams with winning road records and have outscored opponents 26-15 in their last 8 games at home as their defense has been impressively stingy and their offense has managed to find success even without Tarasenko. Meanwhile, Arizona had been somewhat hot recently but have cooled down a bit, which was to be expected since their six-game win streak consisted of wins against the Oilers, Nucks (twice), Panthers, Red Wings, and Jets - only the Jets have a winning record out of those teams. The Yotes got beat down 7-1 by Chicago just last night and have lost 4 of their last 5 games playing on no rest, with the lone win coming in a shootout against Edmonton. The Blues have won 6 of their last 7 games at home against Arizona and given the current form of both teams I like them to keep it up.
Jordan Binnington (read "Winnington") will start in net for the Blues, and while he's gone 3-2 with a 2.40 GAA in his last 5 starts (you know a player's having a good season when 2.40 seems like a high GAA), he's won 12 of his last 14 starts with a 1.71 GAA over that stretch. He shut out the Yotes about a month ago in his only career start against them, and that game was on the road while this one is on home ice where he's looked even better. Meanwhile, Darcy Kuemper will start tonight after allowing 4 goals on just 16 shots last night and getting pulled early in the loss to the Hawks. He gave up 4 goals to the Blues last month at home and while he's having a pretty solid season, Binnington's stats are better in every regard and I give him the edge especially at home.