Sports players and fans tend to be a rather superstitious bunch. Ask the average player or fan about their pre-game routine and you can bet that you will hear all kinds of weird little quirks that really have zero impact on what is about to happen. Given that high level of superstition, you would think that the opportunity to win the President’s Trophy in the NHL would be one that many players would sooner pass up. Ending the regular season with the best record in the league is a great accomplishment, but it is one that has proven to be bad news when it comes to the playoffs, as teams very rarely do the President’s Trophy and Stanley Cup double. Still, getting the #1 seed and home ice advantage through the playoffs really is too good to ignore. It looks as though the Boston Bruins are going to get that this season, while the #1 seed in the Western Conference looks to be between the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche. The Blues will look to keep their noses in front when they host the Florida Panthers on Monday night. St. Louis is favored by 1 ½, with the goal total set at 6. Let’s see how the NHL odds will be for the Panthers vs Blues.
Panthers vs Blues 2020 NHL Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Monday, March 9 at 8 PM EST
- Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis
- TV: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
- Radio: 101 ESPN, NHL App
- NHL Odds: St. Louis Blues -1.5 / Total 6
Why bet on the Florida Panthers
The Florida Panthers find themselves in an unfortunate position in that their 4th place standing in the Atlantic Division is not good enough to have them in a playoff spot. As it stands at the moment, there are 5 teams from the Metropolitan Division taking up 5 of the Eastern Conference playoff spots, which means that 3rd is really what the Panthers need to be sure of a postseason slot. They are currently 3 points back of that spot right now, behind a Toronto Maple Leafs team that is once again on a losing skid. The Panthers are 4-4-2 in their last 10, and while this is a tough game, they have been good on the road, going 17-12-4. They have also been good against teams from the Western Conference, going 14-9-3 in those outings.
- Goals: 3.37
- Shots: 32.54
- PP/PK Percentage: 20.75
- Goals: 3.34
- Shots: 32.35
- PP/PK Percentage: 21.62
Why bet on the St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues proved to be THE surprise team of last season, going all the way from the bottom of the Western Conference to Stanley Cup champions in a matter of months. They are not surprising anyone this season, though, as their 41-18-10 record is the best in the Western Conference, although it only has them 2 points ahead of the Colorado Avalanche, who also do business in the Central Division. The Blues have been very good all year, but they appear to be getting stronger as the season progresses, going 9-1-0 in their last 10 games. They have won each of their last 5 home games, moving to 23-6-5 in their own building this season. In the last 5 meetings between these teams, the OVER has hit 4 times.
- Goals: 3.19
- Shots: 30.64
- PP/PK Percentage: 24.24
- Goals: 2.74
- Shots: 29.58
- PP/PK Percentage: 19.9
Panthers vs Blues NHL Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida’s last 6 games.
- Florida are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
- Florida are 4-10 SU in their last 14 games against St. Louis.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida’s last 6 games on the road.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida’s last 6 games when playing on the road against St. Louis.
- St. Louis are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis’ last 5 games against Florida.
- St. Louis are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis’ last 6 games when playing at home against Florida.
- St. Louis are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games this season.
Panthers vs Blues Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I don’t expect the Blues to show any sort of mercy on Monday night, as they will be well aware that they need to keep winning to land that #1 seed in the Western Conference. I am on the Blues to win and cover in this one.
Florida Panthers 3 St. Louis Blues 5