NHL Free Pick | Blues at Islanders

It’s been a while since I’ve brought you a Free Pick from the NHL, but I’m going there tonight. Although both of these teams have had their share of troubles this season, neither is out of the playoff picture with a ton of hockey left to play.

Game: St. Louis Blues (20-20-4, 22-22 ATS) at New York Islanders (25-15-4, 25-19 ATS)

When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Where: Barclays Center, New York, New York

Current Line: STL +140 | +1.5-210 NYI -160 | -1.5+180 Total: 5.5

TV Coverage: FS Midwest (St. Louis), MSG Plus (NY)

The Islanders are currently holding down the final Wild Card spot in the East, while the Blues are only 3 points behind the Minnesota Wild for the final spot in the West.

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The Blues are currently riding their longest winning streak, with 3 wins in a row, including wins in Dallas and Washington their last 2 times out. The Islanders had won 6 in row, but have alternated losses and wins in their last 4.

The starting goalies are unconfirmed at this point, but it looks like the Islanders will ride the hot hand in Thomas Greiss after he stopped 38 of 39 shots against the high-flying Lightning on Sunday, helping his team to a 5-1 victory. Jake Allen is expected to start for the Blues.

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The Blues have the edge over the past 10 times they’ve played the Islanders with a 5-3-2 record, however, the Blues have only won 2 of the last 7 when playing the Islanders. The total has gone OVER in 6 of the last 10.

I’m going with the Blues in this one for a few reasons. One is because I don’t think they are as bad as they played in October and November, but another reason is because the public is pouring on the Islanders today. This looks like a great fade the public situation, and I am taking the underdog in this one.

NHL Free Pick: Blues +140

Free pick by Joe Berra

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