Hockey betting expectations have been surpassed by the Nashville Predators on the other hand as they have been in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race all season as a surprise NHL gambling commodity.
The St. Louis Blues will host the Nashville Predators on Saturday night with a starting time of 8 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this Western Conference matchup so be sure and open your account today for all of the action.
St. Louis has been nowhere close to being a serious contender for the NHL Playoffs this year and had a record of 35-33-4-6. The Blues were 21-13-1-4 at home and were a break even 19-19-1 at home on over under totals. St. Louis was a respectable 10th in the NHL for goal scoring but was 18th in the NHL for goals against.
David Backes was the top scorer on St. Louis with 29 goals and 30 assists while Patrick Berglund added 20 goals and 29 assists. Jaroslav Halak, who was the playoff hero for Montreal last year, was a disappointment in goal with a 2.58 goals against average and a record of 24-28.
Nashville had a record of 42-26-6-4 and was 20-17-2-1 on the road. The Predators went over the total in just 12 out of 40 away games this year.
Defense has been the key for the Predators being a contender for the Western Conference hockey playoffs as they ranked 3rd in the NHL for goals against as Pekka Rinne had a 2.10 goals against average with 31 wins. Nashville won 8 out of 10 games from March 12 through March 31 to leap ever so close to securing a playoff spot for 2011.
St. Louis has gotten the money in 3 of their last 4 games against Nashville as 11 of the last 13 meetings between the two teams have gone under the total. Although the Predators lost their last visit to St. Louis they have performed well overall in the Gateway City as they have paid out in 5 of their last 6 visits to St. Louis with 5 of those 6 games going under the hockey betting total.