Carolina Hurricanes vs. St. Louis Blue
NHL: Tuesday, February 1, 2020 at 8:00 PM EST
The Hurricanes are coming off a win in their last game after losing their first one after the All-Star break. Overall, they have won three of their last four games. Carolina is tied with three other teams for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. The team has not stood out on either side of the ice on the season but has been decent at both. This is the Canes' first game against the Blues this season.
The defending champion Blues have been singing the blues as of late losing two in a row and five of their last six games. While the team still has the most points in the Western Conference that lead has shrunk with their less than stellar play as of late. The St. Louis defense has been bad in the last few games and this is their first home game after having five straight on the road.
The Blues have won four of their last five games facing the Hurricanes.
The Right Side of 4-3In their last game, the Canes were at home and they beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in a shootout after losing to Vegas 4-3 in their previous game. Three different players scored in regulation in the win over Vancouver and Warren Foegele had two assists.
James Reimer (12-6-1 2.48 GAA) stopped 32 of 35 shots and he had only given up three goals in his previous three starts. Either he or #1 G Petr Mrazek (18-13-2 2.63 GAA) will get the start against the Blues.
Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes with 26 goals, he has scored a goal in each of his last two, games and has three goals and two assists in his last five games. Andrei Svechnikov has 20 goals on the season and lit the lamp in the win over the Canucks. After losing three in a row where they only scored three goals Carolina has totaled 13 goals in winning three of their last four games. On the season the Canes are 12-10-2 on the road where they have lost four in a row.
Defense Continues Slide
The Blues lost to the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 in their last game and they have given up nine goals in their last two games. In their last six games, they have only allowed fewer than four goals once and they lost that game 3-1. In the loss to the Jets, the Blues fought back to get within one goal in the third period but then gave up two empty-net goals. Ryan O'Reilly and Brayden Schenn each scored for St. Louis and Jordan Binnington (23-9-5 2.63 GAA) gave up three goals on 31 shots. He had given up four goals in each of his last four starts and he or Jake Allen (19-8-5 2.26 GAA) will get the call for facing the Hurricanes.
The Blues have three players with at least 17 goals led by David Perron (23), who had scored a goal in two straight games before doing so in the last game. O'Reilly leads the team in assists and has a goal and two assists in his last five games. St. Louis is 17-4-4 at home this season and they have lost five of their last six games facing a team that has a winning record.
According to the betting trends from Oddsshark.com, the St. Louis Blues are:
- 9-1 in their last 10 home games
According to the betting trends from Oddsshark.com, the Carolina Hurricanes are:
- 0-4 in their last 4 road games
- 2-5 in their last 7 road games against the Blues