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NHL picks for Friday night. Lightning Locks is back with his pick for the St. Louis Blues vs. Washington Capitals matchup on Friday night.
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St. Louis Blues vs. Washington Capitals Prediction: Backing the Tune of the Blues

When: Friday, January 7, 8:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: NHL Network

Puck Line: Blues -1 (+180)

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Blues vs. Capitals Prediction

Sometimes you have to take a chance on a team and hope the numbers will do what they are supposed to do. Tonight is that night as we take the St. Louis Blues -110, who have given up nine goals in the last two games and are not playing good defense with a couple of guys out. They are coming off a loss but going back; you can see that this was only their third loss in regulation time out of their last 15 games. The St. Louis Blues coach was quoted, "That wasn't a good outing by us .. we can't come to play that type of hockey. We can't. The Blues have a few important defensive pieces out, but they are getting one back tonight in Robert Bortuzzo, who played great before the forced break.

The St. Louis Blues have been excellent at home. Winning nine out of their last ten games, they have only allowed three or less in ten of them, which is very important against the high-flying Washington Capitals and their star Alexander Ovechkin. In addition, the Blues have scored four or more goals in nine of those ten home games. The Blues have 12 wins and three losses at home on the year. They have the number one power play percentage and are 5th on shots on goal. The Blues are also healthier tonight as Washington has four guys out and four guys unlikely to play or just coming back, and as we have seen, it's hard to step in and play as nothing happened.

The Blues are 9-1 in their last ten at home, the healthier team, coming off a brutal loss as they were up the whole game and then choked it away against Pittsburgh, but this game is at home, where their only recent loss was in overtime to the Ducks last month. The Capitals are leaning towards Samsonov in goal, but either goalie we feel is good for a few goals tonight. If you can get a home team who is red hot at home laying only -110 off a bad loss, you take it. That's what we will do tonight. So take the Blues and hope the book is singing the Blues when it's over.

Blues vs. Capitals Pick

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