NHL Betting Preview: Anaheim Ducks vs. St. Louis Blues – Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021

Sunday evening, the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks will finish off their two-game series at the Honda Center. Saturday night’s meeting couldn’t have gone any better for the road team, as St. Louis scored three goals within the first two-and-a-half minutes of action and went on to win 6-1.

Here is a closer look at Sunday’s game, along with odds and a free pick. A win for the Blues would give them their first three-game winning streak of the season, while the Ducks hope to avoid their first three-game losing streak.

St. Louis Blues Betting Preview: Going in on a High Note

The Blues are once again showing why they are one of the primary Stanley Cup contenders. Through nine games, St. Louis (5-2-1) has never lost more than one game at a time, even recovering well from a 8-0 loss in the first week of the season. But their most dominant effort came on Saturday, scoring every period and 12 players all registering at least one point.

On the year, the Blues are now inside the top-10 with an average of 3.38 goals per game. They are successful when they do put pucks on net, scoring on a whopping 12 percent of their shots. But perhaps there is some luck involved, as their 28.1 shots on goal and 12 percent power play rate rank just 25th and 27th, respectively.

In addition, their defense has been well-below their rate over the last couple years. St. Louis is giving up 3.38 goals, the same number they’re scoring, while allowing about 32 shots. Their penalty kill also ranks in the bottom-five through the first two-and-a-half weeks, killing just 71.8 percent of opposing power plays.

So far, 22-year old Jordan Kyrou has been the biggest standout for the Blues. Kyrou scored two of the game’s first three goals on Saturday en route to being named the game’s First Star, and now has a team-leading five goals to go along with five assists. Not too far behind him are veterans Brayden Schenn and David Perron, each of whom have four goals and four assists. Others that have had decent point totals so far include Jaden Schwartz, Ryan O’Reilly, and defensemen Colton Parayko and Torey Krug.

Anaheim Ducks Betting Preview: Flight-less Start

Despite the Ducks being one of the league’s top contenders for a high draft pick, they entered Saturday with just one loss by more than a goal. However, Anaheim (3-4-2) were out of the game early against St. Louis, giving up three early goals and only mustering one score last in the first for the game. It was the third time this season the Ducks have lost two games in a row.

Statistically, it’s easy to see where Anaheim’s struggles lie. They rank dead-last in the NHL with 1.67 goals per game and a 4.8 percent success rate on the power play. They also offer up under 24 shots and have a shooting percentage of around seven percent, each rating as the third-worst in the sport.

The good news is that mostly thanks to elite goaltending from John Gibson, the Ducks are within the top-10 with 2.56 goals allowed, while also sitting inside the top-five with a 86.2 percent penalty kill rate. They’re also neck-and-neck with the Blues in terms of shots allowed at 32 per game.

Currently, three players are tied for the team-lead in points with four. Captain Ryan Geztlaf is among them but is still in search of his first goal, as is Cater Rowney, while Max Comtois has four points as well including a team-high three goals. Danton Heinen, Jakob Silfverberg, and Nic Deslauriers each have two goals on the year, as does defenseman Hampus Lindholm. Rickard Rakell and Adam Henrique are a couple of other veterans who have multiple points but who can contribute more.

Blues vs. Ducks Betting Odds & Lines

Bet this game at MyBookie, where right now the Blues are -170 favorites on the road. Meanwhile, MyBookie has the Ducks as home underdogs at +140.

For those interested in the goal total, the over/under at MyBookie is 5.5. The under is favored at -135, while the over is set at +115.

Free Betting Pick

Saturday’s game got out of hand quickly, so it’s fairly reasonable to expect Sunday to be a little bit more competitive. St. Louis is still vulnerable when it comes to shots allowed, and with Jordan Binnington likely sitting after drawing the start in net for the first game, Anaheim has a chance to pull off the upset.

However, the Blues should be able to take care if business in this one. The Ducks look life-less right now and just don’t have the offensive firepower to match St. Louis’ deep team. Give me the road team to pull off the weekend sweep.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Blues -170

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