St. Louis Blues vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: NHL Odds, Prediction

Andrew Rogers | Updated Jan 16, 2018

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James van Riemsdyk has goals in consecutive games to bump his total up to 19 on the year.

St. Louis
44-32-6
AT
January 16, 2018, 7:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto
49-26-5-2
Puckline +1.5 -240
Moneyline +110
Over / Under o +6

55%

Betting Action

45%

Puckline -1.5 +195
Moneyline -135
Over / Under u +6

55%

Betting Action

45%

Toronto will look to wrap up a six-game homestand on a winning note as it hosts St. Louis on Tuesday night. The Maple Leafs saw points in their eyes heading into its six-game run at Air Canada Centre, but has gone just 2-2-1 SU through the first five games and are coming off back-to-back losses to Columbus and Ottawa. But things could be worse: Just ask the Blues, who come in having dropped three in a row.

Blues vs. Maple Leafs Betting Analysis

Toronto has hit a bit of a lull offensively, scoring three or fewer goals in seven consecutive games. But a date with a Blues team that has surrendered 17 goals during its losing skid might just be the tonic the Maple Leafs need. And rest has done Toronto good: It has won five straight when given three or more days off in a row. St. Louis will be looking to halt a trend that has seen them drop six of their last seven games away from Scottrade Center.

In totals action, both teams come into this one trending toward the under. The Blues have gone below the total in nine of their previous 11 games against teams with winning records, and are 4-12 O/U in their last 16 games overall – though each of their last three games have gone over. Toronto is 1-4 O/U both in its previous five home games and its last five games overall, and has exceeded the total just once in its past six encounters with Central Division opponents.

St. Louis Blues

The Blues can’t seem to catch a break. From mid-December to the new year, the goaltending was terrific but the forwards couldn’t find the back of the net. So far in 2018, St. Louis is averaging a much healthier three goals per game – but netminders Carter Hutton and Jake Allen haven’t been able to take advantage, boasting a combined 4.00 goals-against average and a downright ugly .880 save percentage through the first five games of the new year.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Don’t be surprised to see Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock shake things up in an attempt to snap his team out of a month-long funk during which it has gone 5-7-2. Once the NHL’s top offence, Toronto is down to seventh overall in goals per game (3.2) with only two players – Auston Matthews and James van Riemsdyk – recording more than one goal so far this month. The power play has been a mess, scoring just twice in 20 chances over the past seven games.

Blues vs. Maple Leafs Prediction

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