Face-off: 1900 ET, 19/02/2022
Arena: Scotiabank Arena
Toronto looked a team at the top of their game when seeing off Pittsburgh on Thursday and can claim another notable scalp in St Louis.
The Blues blotted their copybook when beaten by lowly Montreal and have just had too many off-days for comfort in the last few weeks.
Punters can get 1.87 for a home win in regular time and that spearheads our Toronto Maple Leafs vs St Louis Blues predictions.
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Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
Toronto made it eight wins out of 10 with an excellent 4-1 triumph over the Penguins, who had won four in a row and six straight on the road.
In-form Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist and Jack Campbell made a season-high 45 saves as the Maple Leafs secured a seventh consecutive home success.
Matthews has eight goals and 10 assists in nine outings and Mitchell Marner was quick to praise his team-mate.
“He’s done a great job all season playing on that defensive side of the puck and he’s been getting rewarded recently for it, so that’s great to see,” said Marner.
Toronto have at least half-a-dozen skaters playing with confidence and self-belief right now, all backed up by a series of assured displays by Campbell.
Looking at the 5.25.
St Louis Blues Odds
St Louis are still well placed in third in the Central Division but have lost four of their last seven after a sloppy 3-2 defeat in overtime at Montreal.
The Canadiens had lost 10 in a row but equalised with just 10 seconds left on the clock and then gave new coach Martin St Louis a first success.
“They didn’t give us much time and space out there,” said Blues boss Craig Berube. “But, in saying that, we have to be better.
“We have to have better execution and we’ve got to find a way.”
Forward Ryan O’Reilly added: “That’s a frustrating one because we need every point we can get right now.”
Defenceman Justin Faulk and winger Pavel Buchnevich continued useful recent point streaks but that was a lacklustre effort.
St Louis lost 4-1 to 19th-placed Winnipeg and 7-4 to 29th-ranked New Jersey either side of the All-Star break and that is simply not good enough for a team with playoff hopes.
Let’s finish off our NHL predictions by taking 14.5 for Toronto to oblige 5-2.
TORONTO 4-1 Pittsburgh
Montreal 3-2 ST LOUIS (OT)
Head-to-head: St Louis 5-6 Toronto