In tonight’s NHL gambling action take the St. Louis Blues over the Toronto Maple Leafs. With the Leafs being .500 at home over their last five, its the perfect time for St. Louis to play at the ACC.
[+125] Record : 26-17-3, Road Record : 11-8-3, Form (Last 5) :
|STL 3-2 NJD||STL 2-1 VGK||STL 3-6 PHI||STL 3-4 WAS||STL 4-7 FLA|
[-145] Record : 25-17-3, Home Record : 13-7-1, Form (Last 5) :
|TOR 0-2 TBL||TOR 3-2 SJS||TOR 3-2 VAN||TOR 2-3 CBJ||TOR 3-4 OTT|
Both of these teams seem at the same crossroads. They started the year well but have hit a wall at the halfway mark. Both are in similar form, picking up five of a possible ten points over their last five games.
So why take the Blues over the Leafs at home?
First, Jake Allen won’t be playing, The Blues starter is going through a rough patch at the moment. In steps the league leader in GAA and SV% with 1.84 and 0.940. There no metrics for identifying the emotional bump players get from having a confident and competent shot stopper between the pipes, but you have to imagine its high with Hutton there right now.
Second, the Leafs haven’t been as good as their record shows at the ACC. Not recently anyway. In that five-game sample size, the Leafs played every game at home. A .500 team at home isn’t a good one.
There’s no doubt that Toronto are better than this and that they will eventually return to form, But for the time being the Leafs are vulnerable at home. For any team, of any quality. The Coyotes would fancy two points on the road in Toronto.
Stats So Far – (7/9) 78%
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