St. Louis vs Columbus: prediction for the NHL preseason match
St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues were defeated in three games in a row. The Blues lost to Chicago (1:5) and Dallas (1:3) and yielded to Minnesota in a bitter struggle (3:4 OT). The game against the Wild started really well for the Blues. They scored three goals in the first six minutes of the game.
But Minnesota got control in the second period and turned the game around. We should mention, however, that Craig Berube didn't include several key players in the squad, such as Tarasenko, Schenn, Perron, and O'Reilly.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets look pretty good in the preseason. They had only one devastating defeat against Detroit (1:5) but played quite well in the other two games. The Jackets outplayed Buffalo (5:3) and got revenge against the Red Wings at home with a score of 4:2. The team demonstrates effective hockey, which was unusual for Columbus in previous seasons. Jakub Voracek has already scored 2 goals and given 5 assists.
Brad Larsen's charges will play two more games in the preseason, one of them will be against Pittsburgh.
In the last 2 games, Columbus scored in the first period.
In 3 out of 5 head-to-head games, more than one goal was scored in the second period.
Columbus played well in the previous two games and showed good performance in attack. St. Louis, on the contrary, haven't picked good form yet. The games between these clubs always take place in an equal struggle, so we suggest hedging the bet on Columbus with a zero handicap.
Out bet - Columbus to win with Asian handicap (0)
Prediction: handicap (0) to Columbus
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We see a large number of goals in almost all games between these teams. Columbus under Larsen practice open hockey and act on collision courses. St. Louis's attacking line is also strong, so we expect at least six goals to be scored in the upcoming game.
Second bet - total over 5.5 goals