Toronto (36-19-3) at St Louis (31-22-5)
When: Tuesday, February 19th, 2019
Where: Enterprise Center,
St Louis, Missouri
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: NBC Sports Network
Opening Odds: St Louis -110/6
The Toronto Maple Leafs have been on a nice roll recently, trying to chase down second-place Boston in the Atlantic Division, but no team in the league is hotter than the sizzling St. Louis Blues. The Maple Leafs will visit St. Louis Tuesday night on NBC Sports Network, attempting to snap the Blue’ 10-game winning streak. Leading goal-scorer Vladimir Tarasenko is currently riding a career-high 12-game point streak for St. Louis, who have shutout their last three opponents. Goalie Jordan Binnington has two of those shutout with Jake Allen blanking Colorado to extend the scoring woes of St. Louis’ opponents to 187 minutes, 16 seconds. Binnington made 31 saves in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Minnesota for his franchise rookie-best eighth straight win and improved to 12-1-1 as a starter with a 1.42 goals-against average and .944 save percentage. The Blues are now all the way up to third in the Central Division with their recent surge and are currently the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference standings. Toronto has won six of their last eight but are coming off a 2-0 loss at Arizona on Saturday after recording at least four goals in five of the team’s previous six games before the Coyotes cooled them off. The Blues have won the past five meetings including a 4-1 win at Toronto back in October.
Toronto center John Tavares has been on a nice roll of late, recording three goals and six assists in his last seven games. Mitch Marner, who leads the team in points (69), assisted on Morgan Rielly’s goal in the previous meeting with St. Louis and sits one point shy of 200 for his career. Third-line forward Andreas Johnsson sustained what appeared to be a knee injury against Vegas and sat out the Arizona game, but did participate in practice on Monday and will be a gametime decision.
Tarasenko will look to tie teammate David Perron’s 13-game point streak from earlier this season and his play earned him NHL Second Star of the Week honors on Monday. He scored and assisted on two others versus Minnesota on Sunday to give him 11 goals and 11 assists during his red-hot point streak. Tarasenko has six goals and three assists in 10 career games versus Toronto after setting up the first goal of the season by Ryan O’Reilly in a 4-1 win on October 20th. O’Reilly leads the Blues in assists (38) and points (60) and set up a goal against Minnesota on Sunday.
The Maple Leafs are a dangerous offensive team, but St. Louis is clicking on all cylinders right now and are deserving favorites in this game. When a team is on this type of run, you keep betting them until they lose.
Pick: Blues -125
Maple Leafs are 7-0 in their last 7 Tuesday games.
Maple Leafs are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
Maple Leafs are 13-3 in their last 16 games playing on 2 days rest.
Maple Leafs are 6-2 in their last 8 overall.
Maple Leafs are 21-9 in their last 30 vs. Western Conference.
Maple Leafs are 37-16 in their last 53 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Blues are 5-0 in their last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
Blues are 7-0 in their last 7 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Blues are 9-0 in their last 9 games following a win.
Blues are 6-0 in their last 6 games as a favorite.
Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a home favorite.
Blues are 6-0 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Blues are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 home games.
Blues are 10-1 in their last 11 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Blues are 16-5 in their last 21 overall.
Blues are 6-2 in their last 8 Tuesday games.
Maple Leafs are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings.
Maple Leafs are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in St. Louis.
Underdog is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Under is 3-1-3 in the last 7 meetings.