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Where: Canadian Tire Centre
When: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7:30 pm ET
We have a non-conference National Hockey League matchup to consider for Thursday night when the Western Conference Central Division St Louis Blues meet Eastern Conference Atlantic Division Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. St Louis is first in the Central Division and Jordan Binnington is the Blues probable starting goaltender. Ottawa is last in the Atlantic Division and their probable starting goaltender is Anders Nilsson.
Blues Undefeated This SeasonSt Louis has picked where they left off last season and the reigning Stanley Cup Champions are 2-0 and went up to Toronto and won their last game by a 3-2 score. Alex Pietrangelo’s third-period goal proved to be the game-winner and Oskar Sundqvist and Brayden Schenn each potted lone goals and goaltender Jordan Binnington stopped 32 of 34 shots for the Blues second win of the season.
The Blues power-play unit has a 14.3 percent success rate with an 85.7 percent penalty kill success rate this season.
Binnington (2-0, 2.30) has been amazing thus far this season and has defeated the Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2-0 record this season. Corsica Hockey has Binnington ranked third in the NHL with a 1.7 GSAA and his 92.3 xSV% is middle of the pack. Last season Binnington was 10-3 with 1.72 goals-against average, four shutouts and won his only meeting against Ottawa last season.
Ottawa Trades for Vladislav NamestnikovOttawa is rebuilding this season and is off to a 0-2 start to their season and is coming off a home-opening, 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers. Not much went right for Ottawa on Saturday night but the Senators have had a few days off to regroup and get their act together before their matchup with the Blues. Brady Tkachuk scored the Senators lone goal and Craig Anderson stopped 26 of the 30 shots he faced in the Saturday night loss to the Rangers.
"We’re very happy to have him on board with our team."#Sens GM Pierre Dorion and head coach D.J. Smith share some thoughts after acquiring Vladislav Namestnikov from the New York Rangers.— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) October 8, 2019
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The Senators' power-play unit has failed to score this season and the penalty kill unit has a 62.5 percent success rate.
Nillson is making his season debut and is coming off a 14-19-1 season with 2.97 goals-against average and 90 percent save percentage. Last season Nillson shut out the Blues in his only appearance against them and maybe Head Coach D.J. Smith is hoping for a little déjà vu on Thursday night.
- Senators are 3-13 in their last 16 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Senators are 1-5 in their last 6 games as a home underdog of +151 to +200.
- Senators are 1-6 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Blues are 5-0 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 road games.
- Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I'm not a real big fan of the juice we have to pay for St Louis but they are going to beat the Ottawa Senators Thursday night. I just don't think it will be by more than two goals so we can't play the puck line. Binnington has played the Sens strong as has Nillson but the Blues special teams will be the difference in this game.
I will play the Blues to beat the Senators on Thursday.
Prediction: St Louis Blues
Full-Game Total Pick
Binnington and Nillson have solid histories against their Thursday night opponents and I don't see them allowing many goals between them. Nillson wants to be the starter and that will require him to keep the Blues from going crazy and keep the Sens in the game. I think he can do that and I'm sure Binnington can.
I will play the UNDER on Thursday night.