The Pittsburgh Penguins can’t be stopped. Winners of eight straight, Pittsburgh is rocketing up the standings. But going by the latest news, stats, and injury reports, the Penguins may get a tough test against the visiting St. Louis Blues. The NHL odds have Pittsburgh as the favorites but don’t sleep on the Blues.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have not lost for over a month now. Granted, the league went on a hiatus and Pittsburgh has played mainly terrible teams like Buffalo, Montreal and the plummeting New Jersey Devils. But the Penguins have now won 10 of their last 11 games as a favorite and have almost broken even on the moneyline.
The defense has carried Pittsburgh through a season of injuries, which still persist. The Penguins are still without Evgeni Malkin (knee) while others like Jeff Carter and Kasperi Kapanen are in health and safety protocols.
Here’s Tristan Jarry, back out there for practice after exiting COVID protocol. pic.twitter.com/P1roGyZdKT
— Taylor Haase (@TaylorHaasePGH) January 4, 2022
The return of goaltender Tristan Jarry will be a boon for Pittsburgh. Along with the NHL’s best penalty-killing (PK) unit (91.03 percent), Jarry is backstopping Pittsburgh to the sixth-best defense. As long as this team maintains its dominant defensive play, it will be a popular bet on the online gambling site.
Blues Gunning for Another Upset
St. Louis knows a thing or two about overcoming injuries and coming through as an underdog on the road. The Blues upset the Wild in the Winter Classic and have won two of their last three road games as an underdog. Overall, St. Louis is 6-8 as an underdog, hence why bettors would be up over eight units with this squad.
This team is riding the best special teams in the league. The Blues have the third-best power play (PP) and the sixth-best penalty kill. Add them up and St. Louis is +14 on special teams. They’re not too shabby on 5v5 either and are +11.
Their ceiling is how far Jordan Binnington or any of the goalies can take them. So far, their platoon has combined for a 91.8 save percentage and 8.3 goals saved above expectations. Not bad, but it could be better given how well the skaters are playing.
St. Louis vs Pittsburgh Head to Head
|19.23%||Power Play %||15.00%|
|85.00%||Penalty Kill %||80.77%|
St. Louis vs Pittsburgh Game Information
- Date: Wednesday
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Location: PPG Paints Arena
- St. Louis Blues vs Pittsburgh Penguins Live Stream: NHL Live
St. Louis vs Pittsburgh Betting Lines
|Puck Line||-1½ |
St. Louis vs Pittsburgh Prediction
These teams appear to be evenly matched given their recent meetings. The Blues have an edge on the power play but good luck breaching the Penguins’ top-ranked PK. If special teams cancel each other out, the edge goes to the Penguins thanks to Jarry.
Jarry shut out St. Louis in his only game against the Blues. He doesn’t need to do it here, but his elite netminding makes Pittsburgh the likelier winner.
Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -140
Between Jarry and Binnington’s goaltending and some elite penalty killing, the scoring should be muted here. St. Louis and Pittsburgh combine to average over six goals. But the Penguins lock it down (or get locked down) against Western Conference foes: 11 of their last 16 games against them have gone under. Bet online for the trend to continue.
Pick: Under 6 (-110)
Parlay: Penguins and Under 6 (+245)