When you have a season that has every team play 82 games, the chance of a team staying at the top of the division from start to finish is pretty slim. Given how tight most of the divisional races are in the NHL right now, the likelihood is that the standings as they are now are probably going to look pretty different once the season comes to an end. We are already seeing some teams relinquish their leads, while others are barely hanging on to the top spot right now. In the Western Conference, the Pacific Division seems to have a new team at the top every couple of days, while it also looks as though we might be seeing some changes at the top of the Central Division. The Blues have had the lead there for a little while, but a once solid lead has now been cut down to nothing, so they need to get a win at home against the Coyotes on Thursday night to ensure that they hang on to the lead. The Blues are favored by 1 ½ on home ice, with the goal total for this one set at 5 ½. Let’s see how the NHL odds will be for the Coyotes vs Blues.
Coyotes vs Blues 2020 NHL Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Thursday, February 20 at 8 PM EST
- Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis
- Radio: Arizona / St. Louis
- TV: NHL.TV
- NHL Odds: St. Louis Blues -1.5 / Total 5.5
Why bet on the Arizona Coyotes
The Coyotes are currently occupying the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, and while they are down in 5th in the Pacific Division, they are just 3 points off the top. While they are still very much in the hunt for a division title, they are not really doing enough at the moment to show us that they are up for the fight. The Coyotes are coming into this one on the heels of a loss that has taken them to 4-4-2 in their last 10 games and 30-25-8 on the season. They have been good against the defending Stanley Cup champions this season, though, winning both games, including a 3-2 SO win in their last visit to St. Louis. Overall on the road, the Coyotes have gone 15-14-4 SU and 20-13 ATS.
- Goals: 2.76
- Shots: 31.49
- PP/PK Percentage: 19.39
- Goals: 2.7
- Shots: 32.24
- PP/PK Percentage: 17.22
Why bet on the St. Louis Blues
The defending Stanley Cup champions got off to a great start to the season and quickly built up a nice lead in the Central Division. In recent weeks, though, they have seen their form dip at the same time as the chasing pack started to pick up wins. The Blues have gone a disappointing 3-5-2 over their last 10 games, although they are coming off a loss that they hope will be the start of a turnaround in form. They have been close during their losing run, though, with each of their last 4 losses being decided by a single goal. The Blues are now 33-17-10 on the season, with the Stars and the Avalanche both sitting right on their tail. In home games, St. Louis is 19-6-5, although just 13-17 ATS in those home games.
- Goals: 3.17
- Shots: 30.67
- PP/PK Percentage: 24.29
- Goals: 2.87
- Shots: 30.17
- PP/PK Percentage: 20
Coyotes vs Blues NHL Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona’s last 6 games.
- Arizona are 5-13 SU in their last 18 games.
- Arizona are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games against St. Louis.
- Arizona are 1-9 SU in their last 10 games on the road.
- St. Louis are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’ last 5 games against Arizona.
- St. Louis are 11-4 SU in their last 15 games at home.
- The total has gone UNDER in 10 of St. Louis’ last 12 games when playing at home against Arizona.
Coyotes vs Blues Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While I do like the Blues to get back to winning ways on home ice, I have a feeling that we are going to see a tight, low-scoring game, which is why I like the Coyotes to cover and the UNDER.
Arizona Coyotes 2 St. Louis Blues 3