Penguins Facing Favorable Online NHL Betting Odds
Posted by: Charlie Smith
As different clubs prepare to take the limelight for Tuesday night’s online NHL betting action, sportsbook fans prepare to place a winning bet on favorable matchups. There are plenty of auspicious pairings but one that could prove to be the most profitable is the coupling between the St. Louis Blues and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Blues will be making the pilgrimage to the Steel City to face off against the Penguins at the PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins are coming into this bout with a 4-game winning streak and will be looking to keep the good times rolling. On the other hand, the Blues have lost three straight, including their most recent 5-3 defeat against the Winnipeg Jets. Will the sportsbooks come out in favor of the team with all the momentum? Or will the bookies predict a Blues’ rebound?
HOCKEY BETTING ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Tuesday, January 24th
St. Louis Blues +1½ (-165) 6 (-105) +178
The online NHL betting bookmakers have decided to play it safe and are pegging the reigning Stanley Cup champions as the favorites. After 46 games played the Penguins are coming into Tuesday’s matchup with a 30-11-5 record which nets them 65 points and ranks them third in the Metropolitan Division. If the current trend continues, the Penguins will be on track to reach the postseason for their 10 consecutive season, but first they have to get past the Blues.
With 47 games under their belt, the Blues are poised to come into this bout with a 23 wins, 19 losses, and 4 overtime losses. St. Louis made it all the way to the Conference Finals last year before being eliminated by the San Jose Sharks. However, the Blues are currently 4th in the Central Division and if they want to secure a spot in this year’s postseason they could try to steal the Predators’ third place ranking since St. Louis is only 2 points behind Nashville. St. Louis has been a contender in the online NHL betting playoffs for the last 5 consecutive seasons and the Blues aren’t about to let that streak get snapped, especially when last year’s postseason defeat is still fresh in their minds.
The Penguins are led in points by Sidney Crosby who has earned 54 so far this season. The two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner also leads the team in Goals with his 28. Evgeni Malkin leads the Penguins in assists with 32 but he is also the teams’ most penalized player since he is just 6 minutes shy of reaching an hour of penalty time.
A large part of St. Louis’ success this season can be attributed to the unrelenting play of Vladimir Tarasenko. Tarasenko leads the Blues in points with 46, goals with 20, and assist with 26. Ryan Reaves is the Blues’ bad boy as he has racked up nearly 50 minutes of penalty time this season. The Blues are 0-4 in their last 4 outings against a team from the Eastern Conference and that sportsbook trend will likely continue against Pittsburgh.