St. Louis vs Tampa: prediction for the NHL fixture
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis are currently in the Top-5 in the Western Conference with 25 points. However, the Blues have been inconsistent of late. For example, recently, they suffered defeats to much weaker clubs, such as Detroit (2:4) and Chicago (2:3 OT).
On the other hand, the Blues recorded a victory over Columbus (6:3) at home. St. Louis' forwards Ivan Barbashev and Pavel Buchnevich scored doubles, and Vladimir Tarasenko gave three assists. Typically, the Blues score over three goals per game at home.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa are building momentum, but they are yet to mount a four-game winning streak this season. They have already climbed to the 6th line in the Eastern Conference table. After beautiful home victories over Philadelphia (4:0) and Seattle (3:0), the Lightning lost to Minnesota (2:4) away.
John Cooper's men only lost two away games in regulation. As a rule, Tampa deliver their best performance in first and second periods, but they often lose focus and concede a lot in the last 20 minutes.
Tampa average over 3 goals per game.
In 4 out of 5 games, Tampa won the first period.
Recently, Tampa have been delivering better performance thatn St. Louis, who can't win two games in a row of late. The Blues also have problems on the defensive and concede at least three goals in every game. Considering Tampa's attacking potential, we bet on the Lightning's victory in this fixture.
Our prediction - Tampa to win
Tampa often score more than two goals, and St. Louis, as we mentioned, conceded at least three goals in their latest games. We suggest playing the individual total of the visitors.
Our second bet -Tampa IT over 2.5 goals