The Blues climbed into a playoff spot with a big run through January and February. However, after an 11-game winning streak, they’ve been mostly treading water, going 4-4-1 in their last nine.
The good news is no team provides a better antidote to slumps than the Ottawa Senators, who are an absolute mess of a team these days. They’re so bad that the Blues – are just 19-16 on the road – are a -260 road favorite.
Blues vs Senators Betting Analysis
St. Louis is an impressive 19-11-5 on the road so far this season. They are 8-1 in their last nine games versus opponents with losing records and 7-1 in their last eight games against Eastern Conference opponents.
Meanwhile, the Senators are just 14-16-4 on home ice this year. However, even that number doesn’t accurately reflect how bad they have been at the Canadian Tire Centre where they have dropped each of their last five home games. Ottawa is just 15-36 in its last 51 games overall.
St. Louis Blues
The Blues are coming off back-to-back losses for just the second time since January. They haven’t dropped three in a row since the middle of November, so that’s a positive trend. There is a good chance St. Louis will avoid dropping three in a row again with a very winnable game against the Senators.
The main issue with the Blues right now is that goaltender Jordan Binnington has hit a wall. He came into the lineup and won 15 of his first 18 starts while posting a GAA of around 1.50. He has a 3.09 GAA and .868 save percentage in March. That’s a huge drop-off. That probably won’t matter too much in this spot as the Sens are struggling to score and are playing with no energy these days.
The Sens enter Thursday’s action having lost four in a row and 18 of their last 22. It likely won’t matter who will be between the pipes for the Senators in this one. Anders Nilsson was excellent when he first arrived in Ottawa. However, the lack of help in front of him is a big reason why his numbers have dipped over the past couple of weeks. He’s allowing 3.63 goals per game over his last eight. There aren’t many positives to say about Craig Anderson either, who has a save percentage just shy of .897 since the end of January.
On offence, the exits of Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel have really put a damper on the Senators offense. The decision to fire Guy Boucher and replace him with Marc Crawford in the short term hasn’t made a difference either. This team has scored just 19 goals in their last 11 games, which is pretty ugly.