Capitals vs. Blues Pick
Are the host St. Louis Blues going to get the job tonight as a sizeable favorite against the Washington Capitals? The puck drops at 8PM ET.
7 Washington Capitals at 8 St. Louis Blues, 8PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Blues are listed as a -165 favorite to win on the moneyline. The total is set at 5.5 goals.
St. Louis opened as a -140 favorite before the line jumped higher, while the total has stayed at 5.5 goals. The Blues are anywhere from a -160 to a -170 favorite if you shop around, while the Capitals are between a +145 and +155 underdog.
As of Monday afternoon, 60 percent of public bets are siding with St. Louis. Online wager info also shows that 52 percent of bets are on the under.
INJURY TO WATCH
Washington has a clean bill of health heading into this contest. For the Blues, right winger Nikita Soshnikov (upper body) is questionable to play tonight. Right winger Scottie Upshall (kidney), defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (lower body), defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (hip) and center Robby Fabbri (knee) are all out for the season.
I generally like betting on more rested teams even if the juice tries to tilt you the other way. St. Louis didn't play very well in losing a second in a row on the road Saturday night by a 6-0 count at the Coyotes, but it has won four in a row on the home ice and should be charged up for this game. The Capitals will likely be emotionally drained after a 3-1 victory last night at the Penguins.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: ST. LOUIS BLUES -160