St. Louis Blues (26-21-2) vs. Montreal Canadiens (21-21-8)
St. Louis Blues vs. Montreal Canadiens 2/11/24 – As the NHL regular season winds down, a matchup to watch for this Sunday features St. Louis Blues against Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre in St. Louis. Both teams have experienced ups and downs this year; therefore this game marks an opportunity for both to assert their dominance and move up in rankings. Fans and bettors are anticipating expert premium predictions of what promises to be an electrifying contest between these two sides.
The St. Louis Blues have been consistently producing impressive offensive numbers thanks to the contributions of key players like Robert Thomas, Pavel Buchnevich and Jordan Kyrou. Thomas leads with 68 points from 21 goals and 47 assists, showing both scoring prowess and playmaking ability; Buchnevich and Kyrou have made equal contributions that make up this formidable offense. When facing the Canadiens defense that has shown various degrees of resilience this season, these leaders’ offensive firepower should prove pivotal.
Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield and Mike Matheson lead Montreal Canadiens’ offensive threats; with Suzuki scoring 45 points and Caufield 40. While both may possess negative plus/minus ratings, their ability to find the back of the net and create plays cannot be overlooked. When pitted against Blues defensive setup, Montreal leaders aim to exploit any vulnerabilities and capitalize on scoring opportunities as effectively as possible.
St. Louis Blues vs. Montreal Canadiens 2/11/24 Game Info
|Sunday, February 11, 2024, at 1:00 PM ET
Goaltender Jordan Binnington vs. Goaltender Sam Montembeault
Blues starting netminder Jordan Binnington has posted underwhelming numbers for most of this season. In 35 games played, he owns a mediocre .908 save percentage along with a 2.92 goals against average. Both of those rates rank inside the bottom third of the league among regular goaltenders. Binnington has also lost more games than he has won, sporting a subpar record of 17-13-2. He may need to recapture some of that magic facing a hot Canadiens team on Sunday.
On the Montreal side, Sam Montembeault has emerged into the starting role after splitting time earlier in the year. In 24 starts, he has delivered generally steady play with a .907 save percentage and 3.06 goals against average. Montembeault appears to be finding his confidence with increased reps after struggling to stick around earlier in his career. While he likely won’t steal many games on his own, the 27-year old provides the Canadiens with solid support between the pipes most nights.
NHL Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
As the betting odds and point spreads for this matchup are yet to be determined, bettors are advised to keep an eye on updates as the game approaches. Given the recent performances and head-to-head statistics, this game could be closely contested, making any betting decision a calculated risk.
St. Louis Blues Betting Trends
The St. Louis Blues have struggled to find consistency lately, going just 2-3 straight up in their last five contests. Their offense has cooled off in that stretch as well, averaging only 2.4 goals per game over their previous five outings. On the road this season, the Blues have been an even .500 against the spread with a 12-12 record. Road games have generally been higher scoring affairs for St. Louis, with the over hitting in 12 of their 25 away matchups.
Montreal Canadiens Betting Trends
The Montreal Canadiens enter Sunday’s tilt against the St. Louis Blues riding high. The Habs have won four of their past five contests to gain momentum ahead of this showdown. Montreal has also excelled against the spread recently, covering in each of their previous five outings. At the Bell Centre this season, goals have come in bunches when the Canadiens play on home ice. The over has hit at a 14-11 clip in Montreal’s 25 home games this season.
St. Louis Blues vs. Montreal Canadiens 2/11/24 Betting Picks
After analyzing all the key metrics and trends, the Canadiens are more favorable in this game. Montreal has the clear momentum edge entering this contest after taking four of their past five games versus St. Louis’s 2-3 record over the same stretch. The Canadiens offense also matches up well against an average Blues defensive unit and mediocre goaltender. Jordan Binnington’s struggles could be exacerbated on the road in a raucous Bell Centre environment. Additionally, the over merits consideration based on both teams’ recent penchant for high-scoring affairs. Our expert NHL free analysis sees value backing the Canadiens in Sunday’s matchup.
Free Pick and Prediction: Montreal Canadiens 4, St. Louis Blues 3