It is a Friday edition of Pick The Winner with only one game…let’s take a stab at it anyway.
There is just 1 game tonight in the NHL before the regular season wraps up tomorrow night, but I do have a play on the total.
Phoenix Coyotes @ St Louis Blues – UNDER 5 GOALS (-122)
(Note: I’m risking 1.22 units to win 1 unit)
Both Phoenix and St Louis are looking to move up in the Western Conference and won’t be resting up for the postseason here tonight with two games remaining. We have a great goalie match up tonight with Mike Smith vs Brian Elliot. Smith has shutouts in 3 straight games giving him 8 on the season. Smith is 36-18-10 with a 2.25 GAA and .929 SV%. In his three shutouts Mike Smith has stopped 54, 44, and 38 shots against. Brian Elliot allowed two late goals against Detroit on Wednesday to break his streak of 3 straight shutouts. Elliot is 23-9-4 on the season with a stellar 1.49 GAA and .943 SV%. These two teams have met three times this season with totals of 4, 5, and 5.
The UNDER is 4-0 in the Coyotes last 4 games, and 13-5-2 in their last 20 vs a team with a winning record. The UNDER is 38-15-16 in the Blues last 69 overall. Two of the league’s hottest goalies right now and two teams that don’t sacrifice defense for offense. I look for a playoff type atmosphere tonight and a low scoring game between these two teams – take the UNDER.
Good luck everyone and we are going to say this….hopefully this one is a winner!