Betting hockey online expectations have not been met by the St. Louis Blues as they have fallen short of what was projected by most NHL betting experts in the preseason.
The St. Louis Blues will host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night with a starting time of 8 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this important Western Conference matchup so be sure and have your account open and ready for action today.
Anaheim had a NHL sports betting record of 31-21-2-2 and was 14-13-2-1 on the road. The Ducks were in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race and were neck and neck for third place in the Pacific Division with the San Jose Sharks. Anaheim was in the middle of the pack on both ends of the ice as they ranked 17th for goal scoring and 16th for goals against.
The Ducks have been in good form as of late with 7 payouts in 9 games January 16 through February 11. Right wing Corey Perry led the Ducks with 28 goals and 31 assists while veteran right wing Teemu Selanne had 16 goals and 36 assists. Goaltender Jonas Hiller had a 2.56 goals against average with an impressive 4 shutouts on the season. The Ducks went under the total in 17 out of 30 away games.
It’s been a highly disappointing letdown season for the St. Louis Blues as they had a betting NHL record of 24-21-4-5. The Blues were near the bottom of the Western Conference playoff race standings and would need significant improvement in the final 2 months of the season to even have a remote chance at the playoffs.
St. Louis has been a tough home team with a mark of 16-8-1-3. The Blues have not been a good value as of late with just 2 payouts in 9 games from January 20 through February 12. St. Louis was equally ineffective on both ends of the rink as they ranked 21st for goal scoring and 20th for goals against.
David Backes led a weak offense with 41 points. St. Louis simply has not emerged as a consistent betting hockey online contender since the 2005 lockout.