Face-off: 1900 ET, 15/01/2022
Venue: Enterprise Center
Toronto hit a bump in the road when losing at Arizona in midweek but are worth sticking with when visiting St Louis at Enterprise Center.
The Blues have secured five straight victories at this venue to make it 15-3-2 on home ice but their Covid issues continue to mount up.
We reckon the Maple Leafs can prevail in regular time at 2.0 in our NHL predictions.
St Louis Blues Odds
St Louis have conceded just three goals in a recent hat-trick of wins here, with Washington, Dallas and Seattle seen off.
An overall hot streak of 10-2-1 has put the Blues just a point off the pace in the Central Division.
However, in-form Pavel Buchnevich has now been added to a lengthy Covid list, having posted 14 points in his last 10 games.
Leading scorer Vladimir Tarasenko has been out since January 6 while David Perron, Brayden Schenn, Colton Parayko and Scott Perunovich have also been sidelined.
Head coach Craig Berube commented: “We’ve got some guys that feel good and want to play but I’m not sure who is available out of those guys.”
St Louis have often been slow starters this term, even if registering a league-high 13 come-from-behind wins.
Looking at the 5.0 for Toronto to lead 1-0 at the end of the first period.
Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
Toronto impressed in a 3-0-1 run following the turn of the year, with the only setback being an overtime loss at high-flying Colorado.
Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat by the struggling Coyotes was definitely a disappointing setback but there are reasons for keeping the faith.
That game came just one day after a stamina-sapping 4-3 shootout success at Vegas and red-hot goalie Jack Campbell was rested.
It also must be noted that the Maple Leafs had 46 shots on goal, compared to Arizona’s 18.
Auston Matthews set a franchise record by scoring in his ninth consecutive road game but Karel Vejmelka made 45 saves to make that strike in vain.
“Obviously, I would have rather taken the win,” Matthews said. “I’m still leaving the rink a little bit sour at not getting those two points.
“The amount of shots and chances we had, I thought we really controlled the play for the most part but sometimes you run into a hot goalie.”
Head coach Sheldon Keefe added: “We generated more than enough to score far more than we did but we didn’t execute and find ways to make it harder on their goaltender once he got in a groove.”
Toronto’s overall form in front of goal has been good, though, with 17 scored in four previous games since the turn of the year.
In fact, it had been 15 outings since the last time the Maple Leafs netted fewer than three times in a match.
Let’s add 7.0 for the visitors to oblige by exactly two goals.
ST LOUIS 2-1 Seattle
Arizona 2-1 TORONTO
Head-to-head: St Louis 2-5 Toronto, Toronto 2-3 St Louis, St Louis 3-2 Toronto, Toronto 1-4 St Louis
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