7:37 pm
November 13

Blues @ Hurricanes

Who will WIN this matchup?

St. Louis Blues (8-2-2)

@ Carolina Hurricanes (10-2-0)


Starting Goalies:

Jordan Binnington (STL): Expected

Alex Lyon (CAR): Confirmed


Current odds:

St. Louis Blues: (+120)

Carolina Hurricanes: (-140)


The Carolina Hurricanes haven’t been in this situation often in the opening weeks of the season. They’re trying to shake off a rough period that cost them a game. The Hurricanes have won 10 of their first 12 games for the best start in franchise history. But they failed to protect a 1-0 lead Friday night, losing at home to the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1.

Carolina is 5-1-0 in home games. Saturday night’s game will be its last on home ice for more than two weeks. And there’s a decision to make for Brind’Amour. Frederik Andersen has been one of the top goalies in the league this season, but the Hurricanes would rather not use him on back-to-back nights. The backup goalie is Alex Lyon, who hasn’t played an NHL game this season. He has 22 career NHL games as his background.

The Blues have alternated wins and losses in their past eight games. If that trend continues, that means they’ll win Saturday. But cranking up a consistent offense would be preferred for the Blues. They’ve scored more than three goals just once over their past eight games.

But the Blues didn’t protect a 2-0 lead in Thursday night’s overtime loss to Nashville. It seems to be a matter of maintaining aggressiveness. “We want to be quick,” center Jordan Kyrou said. St. Louis center Ryan O’Reilly has been back for three games since missing time because of COVID-related protocols. He doesn’t have a point in those outings, but he has averaged 18:57 of ice time per game during the past week.

StreakSmarter Pick
Carolina Hurricanes