- The Toronto Maple Leafs host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, February 19th
- Toronto is listed as -180 home favorites in the Saturday NHL odds
- Read below for Blues vs Leafs odds, predictions and best NHL pick
A lighter Saturday in the NHL is highlighted by a heavyweight matchup between the St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maples on February 19th. The puck drops at 7pm ET at Scotiabank Arena. NHL Network will broadcast the action.
The Maple Leafs are listed as heavy home favorites in the Saturday NHL odds. Toronto owns the best home record in the NHL and will look to continue their success against an inconsistent St. Louis squad.
Let’s take a look at the Blues vs Leafs odds and offer you our NHL best bet prediction for Saturday’s matchup.
Blues vs Leafs Odds
|Game Time||Team||Puck Line||Total||Moneyline|
|Saturday, Feb. 19th||St. Louis Blues||+1.5 (-167)||O 6 (-115)||+148|
|7pm ET||Toronto Maple Leafs||-1.5 (+138)||U 6 (+104)||-180|
Odds as of Feb. 18 at Barstool Sportsbook
The total for St. Louis vs Toronto is set at 6, while the Leafs are available to win by two goals on the puck line at +138 odds. The Blues are -167 to keep the game within two goals.
Leafs Home Favorites in Saturday NHL Odds
Toronto is once again being listed as home favorites in the NHL odds. The Maple Leafs are an impressive 18-4-1 at Scotiabank Arena this season, including a 3-0 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday. Toronto got a 44-save performance from goalie Jack Campbell in the victory.
While Toronto is dominant at home, they’ve been playing impressive hockey in general of late. The Leafs are 8-2-0 in their past 10 games, scoring four or more goals in seven of those contests. Toronto sits third in the Atlantic Division with 67 points.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 18, 2022
The Maple Leafs rank fourth in the NHL in offense, averaging 3.60 goals per game. Defensively, Toronto is allowing 2.66 goals against per contests, which is fifth-best in the league. It’s easy to see why oddsmakers list Toronto as a top-five favorite in the Stanley Cup odds.
Toronto starting goalie Jack Campbell is Saturday’s projected starting NHL goalie against the Blues. The 30-year-old is 23-7-3 with a .924 save percentage and four shutouts. Campbell struggled in his first start against St. Louis this season, allowing five goals on 20 shots in a 6-5 win.
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Do Blues Offer Road Underdog Value vs Toronto?
St. Louis is available as a + road underdog vs Toronto. The Blues are in the middle of a four-game East Coast road trip in which they’ve gone 1-1 thus far. St. Louis lost 3-2 in overtime to the Habs in their most recent game Thursday at Bell Centre.
The Blues bring a mediocre 10-8-4 road record into Saturday’s matchup with Toronto. St. Louis has been inconsistent away from home, beating up inferior opponents but losing to top teams. The Blues’ last road game against a playoff team was a 7-1 loss to Calgary on Jan. 24.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) January 25, 2022
St. Louis’ road struggles against top teams is the primary reason they are 7-9 as betting underdogs in the NHL odds. You have to go back to the Winter Classic against Minnesota for the last time the Blues won a game as plus-money underdogs (+102).
St. Louis is averaging 3.48 goals per game, which is fifth-best in the NHL. Defensively, the Blues are allowing 2.75 goals against per contest, which ranks 9th in the league. Ville Husso (.937 SV%, 1.91 GAA,) has taken over starting goalie duties from Jordan Binnington.
Blues vs Leafs Pick & Prediction
While the Leafs won the first matchup this season 6-5, the Blues have won the last four meetings in Toronto. What will be interesting is whether the Blues gives Ontario native Binnington (.898 SV%, 3.35 GAA) the start in net against his hometown team.
Blues vs Leafs Recent Results
|Date||Home-Away||Money Line||Puck Line||Over/Under|
|01/15/2022||STL 5 – TOR 6||TOR||STL||Over|
|12/07/2019||STL 2 – TOR 5||TOR||TOR||Over|
|10/07/2019||TOR 2 – STL 3||STL||STL||Under|
|02/19/2019||STL 3 – TOR 2 (OT)||STL||TOR||Under|
|10/20/2018||TOR 1 – STL 4||STL||STL||Under|
Although there is a drop-off from Husso to Binnington, this should be a high-scoring game no matter which goalies play. Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews are red-hot for Toronto, while the Blues feature four forwards with 15 or more goals this season.
The first meeting saw 11 goals scored, with Toronto putting up 40 shots on goal. The Leafs will get their share Saturday, but also look for the Blues to net a few of their own after an inspired performance against Montreal. Bet over 6 goals in the Blues vs Leafs odds.
Pick: Over 6 (-115)
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