The St. Louis Blues (-135) play host to the Detroit Red Wings (+115), who will be looking to end their losing run, at Enterprise Center on Tuesday. The total is 6.5 (O: -120, U: +100)Detroit (30-30-9) is playing on back-to-back days after suffering a 5-2 loss against the Panthers yesterday, their third consecutive defeat.
The Red Wings conceded a power play goal while failing to take advantage of their own limited power play opportunities. Pius Suter and Dylan Larkin both scored once for the Red Wings. Ville Husso only had 20 saves on 25 shots against (.800%) in the loss.
St. Louis (31-33-5) beat the Jets 3-0 on Sunday. Kasperi Kapanen, Jakub Vrana, and Nathan Walker scored one apiece for the Blues. Kapanen added an assist to lead the team in scoring. Joel Hofer recorded the shutout with 33 saves.
HEAD TO HEAD
The teams split their two meetings last season, the last of which was a 6-2 victory for the Blues in December. Walker led St. Louis with three goals. Robby Fabbri (2G 0A) and Lucas Raymond (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Detroit. Charlie Lindgren got the win, saving 29 of 31 shots (.935%).
Detroit is averaging 2.91 goals per game for the season, 23rd in the NHL, and they are taking on a Blues team that is allowing 3.64 goals a game (26th). Meanwhile, St. Louis has found the net 3.12 times a game on average, 17th in the league, and the Red Wings are allowing opponents to score 3.28 goals per game (20th).
St. Louis averages fewer shots a game (28.7) than most teams in the league, ranking 28th, though the team’s 11.0% shooting percentage is seventh. With an average of 28.7 attempts, Detroit ranks 27th.
The Red Wings’ 20.76% power play percentage ranks 18th in the league, while the Blues are 20th with a conversion rate of 20.59%. In terms of defending power plays, Detroit has the league’s 19th-ranked PK% at 77.88%, while St. Louis is 21st at 76.57%.
With 66 points this season, Larkin is the top skater for the Red Wings. He has 26 goals and 40 assists in 68 games. In the net, Husso (25-19-6) is Detroit’s top goaltender. He has a 3.02 GAA and a .899% save percentage.
Jordan Kyrou (65 points), Pavel Buchnevich (62), and Robert Thomas (60) lead the Blues in scoring. Kyrou has 31 goals and 34 assists, while Buchnevich has 23 goals and 39 assists in 54 games.
Thomas has 16 goals and 44 assists. Jordan Binnington (22-24-5) is the top goalie for St. Louis with a goals against average of 3.39. He has a save percentage of .892%.
HOME AND AWAY
Detroit has lost six in a row away from home this season. St. Louis is 15-16-4 at home this season. Meanwhile, the Red Wings are 5-7 without a day off and 4-6 playing with a rest disadvantage. The Blues are 4-2 with a rest advantage.
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St.Louis Blues (-140)
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