Prediction for Toronto Maple Leafs - St. Louis Blues 14 February 2024
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the St. Louis Blues will play on the 14th of February as part of another game day in the NHL. The meeting will start at 03:00 Moscow time. The guests very successfully started their next away series, but in this meeting they will face a stronger opponent. In whose favour will this meeting end?
🏒 Tentative lineups for Toronto vs St. Louis:
Toronto : Samsonov (Jones) - Brodie, Reilly - Marner, Matthews, Nyce
"St. Louis": Binnington (Hofer) - Parayko, Laddie - Kairou, Thomas, Buchnevich
Toronto: Klingberg, Jarnkruk, Giordano, Murray, Kempf, Wall, Timmins
"St. Louis": McEachern, Perunovich, Jacobs, Faulk
Toronto's losses mainly affect the bottom lines and second defensive pairings. The absences of Calle Jarnkruk and David Kempf, as well as Marc Giordano, are seen as the most serious in this aspect. Given the poor depth of the roster, the absence of these skill players could negatively impact Toronto's play.
The Blues' biggest loss is the likely absence of Justin Faulk, one of the team's top defencemen. He may well recover for this match. The question about his participation will be decided just before the game.
📊 Statistical preview for Toronto vs St. Louis:
- Never in the last five face-offs have the teams scored less than seven pucks apiece. Bet on total more (6) for 1.87.
- In the third periods, the home team averages 1.1 pucks, while the visitors average 1.0. We bet that in the 3rd period both will score (yes) for 2.15.
Toronto has a fairly favourable calendar compared to their direct rivals in the fight for a playoff spot, and they have a few more games in hand. However, the team does not show qualitatively high results for a long period of time and can lose to anyone, and in a row. Instability, goaltending and roster depth issues don't look critical yet, but they could hurt at the end of the season.
⚪️ "St. Louis":
The Blues are fighting hard for a playoff spot and every game is very important for them. The team has been performing well lately. From a game standpoint, the team is tough and focused primarily on fighting, but very skilled. The motivation level of the players will be high before this meeting.
⚔️League meetings between Toronto and St. Louis:
The teams have not played each other yet this season. Last season they exchanged away victories. In both meetings, the teams lacked sixty minutes to decide the winner.
📋 Prediction for Toronto Maple Leafs vs St. Louis Blues:
The Blues are having a very strong stretch of the season, which has allowed the team to really get involved in the playoff race. The visitors have lost only three of their last ten games and are in great spirits heading into this one. Toronto, as always this season, has stability problems and heroically has to pull out games in the third periods. The home team is letting in a lot - 3.24 pucks per game. Injury problems and not very confident play of the goalkeepers together with the excellent form of the visitors allow us to count on the fact that in this meeting the hosts will not be able to avoid a lot of problems in defence again. We bet on St. Louis' individual total over (3) for 2.69.
At the same time in attack "Toronto" due to the play of their leaders are at the top of the league. The team is scoring 3.52 goals per game, and Auston Matthews is on pace for a very strong individual scoring schedule. In a home meeting, you should expect high intensity up front from the home team. Plus, the Maple Leafs' majority brigade allows for an extra goal or two. Given that the matchups between these rivals have been ultra-resultful in recent years, and this season's trends only reinforce that opinion, it's also worth placing on Toronto's individual total over (3.5) for 1.89..