Free NHL Picks Today: Carolina Hurricanes vs St. Louis Blues 2/21/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Carolina Hurricanes vs St. Louis Blues 2/21/23
Tue 21st February 2023

The St. Louis Blues (26-27-3) head to face the Carolina Hurricanes (37-10-8), who will be looking to extend their winning run, at PNC Arena on Tuesday. St. Louis is coming off a high-scoring 7-2 loss against the Senators on Sunday, their fourth defeat in a row away from home.

The Blues committed seven penalties in the game, conceding one power play goal. Colton Parayko and Tyler Pitlick each scored once for the Blues.

Thomas Greiss only had 27 saves on 34 shots against (.794%) in the loss. Carolina won for the third straight game, beating the Capitals 4-1 on Saturday. Four players found the net for the Hurricanes.

Martin Necas scored and provided two assists to lead the team in scoring. Frederik Andersen was impressive in the win, making 24 saves (.960%).


The Hurricanes won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 6-4 victory in December, their third straight win against St. Louis. Jordan Martinook led Carolina with three goals.

Pavel Buchnevich (1G 1A) and Vladimir Tarasenko (0G 2A) each had two points to lead St. Louis. Pyotr Kochetkov got the win, saving 10 of 11 shots (.909%).


St. Louis is averaging 3.07 goals per game for the season, 20th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Hurricanes team that is allowing only 2.64 goals a game (5th).

Meanwhile, Carolina has found the net 3.36 times a game on average, ninth in the league, and the Blues are allowing opponents to score 3.64 goals per game (27th).

Carolina averages more shots per game (35.0) than most teams in the league, ranking third. St. Louis has proven to be one of the league’s less successful shot-stopping teams, ranking No. 28 with a team save percentage of .895%.

The Blues’ 21.47% power play percentage ranks 16th in the league, while the Hurricanes are 22nd with a conversion rate of 20.00%. In terms of penalty killing, Carolina has the league’s eighth-ranked PK% at 81.72%, while St. Louis is 24th at 75.18%.


With 54 points this season, Jordan Kyrou is the top skater for the Blues. He has 25 goals and 29 assists in 53 games. In the net, Jordan Binnington (21-18-3) is St. Louis’ top goaltender. He has a 3.25 GAA and a .893% save percentage.

Necas and Sebastian Aho lead the Hurricanes in scoring with 51 and 48 points, respectively. Necas has 22 goals and 29 assists in 55 games, while Aho has 24 goals and 24 assists.

Kochetkov (10-4-5) has the best goals against average for Carolina at 2.33. He has a save percentage of .913%. Antti Raanta (14-2-3) has played the most games in net for the Hurricanes this season. He has a 2.44 GAA and a .902% save percentage.


St. Louis is 13-14-1 on the road this season. Carolina is 19-6-2 at home this season.

SportsTips’ NHL Pick:

Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 (-140)

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