The Blues will travel to Anaheim in what will be the third leg of their four-game road trip while the Ducks are riding a modest three-game winning streak. Let’s break it all down and find the right side in this Sunday night showdown and keep cashing our NHL picks!
St. Louis Blues vs. Anaheim Ducks
Sunday, November 7, 2021 – 08:00 PM EST at Honda Center
After dropping a 3-2 shootout to the Kings in the first game of their current four-game road swing, the Blues got back on track on Friday night with a 5-3 win over the Sharks at the SAP Center. St. Louis would play catch up throughout the first and early part of the second period with Brandon Saad scoring on a short-handed bid to even the score at one apiece.
The Sharks would go ahead with a late first-period tally before Pavel Buchnevich knotted the game at two. Just 29 seconds later San Jose would score again and would lead for the third and final time of the evening as Brandon Saad would get his second of the night followed by James Neal, and finally an empty-netter in the third frame by Robert Thomas.
Joel Hofer got the start in the net to spell Jordan Binnington who has made all but one appearance tending the twine for the Blues this season. The team’s No.2 goalie, Ville Husso, was sidelined due to COVID protocols which left Hofer to do the honors. The 21-year-old became the youngest goalie in franchise history to notch a win in his career debut. Hofer stopped 23-of-26 shots and added an assist on Thomas’ empty-net goal.
“I found out this morning," Hofer said about making his debut. "There was obviously a lot of emotions going through my head. But yeah, it’s obviously super special. You dream of it your whole life and to get the win, in the first game, too, it’s the cherry on top.”
Ducks Calling for Fourth Straight Victory
Anaheim was reeling after suffering six consecutive losses before they welcomed the Canadiens to their home pond and came away with a 4-2 victory. The Ducks followed that up with a 4-0 shutout over New Jersey and notched a 3-1 win over the Coyotes on Friday night.
In that game, Adam Henrique drew first blood only a minute into the game, scoring his fifth goal of the season, before Sonny Milano lit the lamp on a power-play goal late in that opening period. Sam Carrick would put the Ducks ahead, 3-0, midway through the second frame before the Coyotes ruined a pristine performance by the goaltender, Anthony Stolarz, who turned aside 28-of-29 shots, with a third-period tally.
“I thought it was a great game by us,” Carrick said. “Obviously it helps when you can score on the first shift and you’re playing with the lead right off the bat. It’s a fun game.”
Wanna Make a Bet?
After perusing the early NHL odds at all of the top online sportsbooks, we see that the Blues are being installed as anywhere between -163 and -175 favorites depending on where you shop. But I must ask you because I can’t ask the oddsmakers – why?
In the Ducks’ six losses this season, five of them have been by just one goal. Anaheim has been in virtually every game they have played this season and is averaging 3.17 goals per game, ranking them 10th in the league while they are connecting on 26.2 percent of their power play opportunities, placing them fifth in that category.
But if we are to be fair, the Blues do everything the Ducks do, only just a little bit better. St. Louis is averaging 4.00 goals per game (4th) and is scoring on 32 percent of their power play opportunities (2nd). Even their penalty-killing unit trumps the Ducks, as the Blues are extinguishing 90.6 percent of the man-advantage situations (2nd) versus Anaheim’s 84.6 percent (T-10th).
But the Blues are on the road while the Ducks have been thriving at home. Anaheim is better than their 5-4-3 record would indicate and we are getting a huge bang for our betting buck here as the public is likely to lay it in on the visiting favorites and overlook a very good home team with plenty of value. Let’s grab the juice in this one with the home hounds and watch Anaheim skate to a win on Sunday night.
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