St. Louis (25-22-5) at Philadelphia (26-20-7)
When: Monday, February 6th 2017
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: NBC Sports
The struggling St. Louis Blues head East to take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night at Wells Fargo Center. St. Louis, which lost Robby Fabbri for the season to an ACL injury in his left knee, is just 8-13-1 on the road this season but have not been great lately at home either, where it has lost five of its last six games. The Blues, who are starting a five-game road trip, suffered a 4-1 home loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday to remain two points behind Calgary for the second wild card in the West. Patrik Berglund scored the lone goal in the loss to end his six-game drought and recorded an assist on December 28th as St. Louis posted a 6-3 home victory over Philadelphia. Fabbri, who has registered 11 goals and 18 assists in 51 games this season, suffered his knee injury in the first period of Saturday’s contest. Defenseman Colton Parayko set up the team’s goal against the Penguins, giving him four points in his last two games and 22 assists on the season – two shy of the total from his 2015-16 rookie season. St. Louis recalled LWs Kenny Agostino and Magnus Paajarvi from Chicago of the American Hockey League after the injury to Fabbri.
Philadelphia has allowed just one goal in each of its last three games at Wells Fargo Center, including Saturday’s 1-0 overtime loss to Los Angeles that dropped the club to 1-0-1 on its current five-game homestand. The Flyers have earned at least one point in five of their last six overall (4-1-1) but are only two ahead of Toronto for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Captain Claude Giroux is second on the team with 41 points but has registered only three over his last eight games. Giroux has been terrific on the power play this season, as his 22 power-play points put him one behind Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel for tops in the NHL – and one ahead of teammate Brayden Schenn. All-Star Game MVP Wayne Simmonds has gone three games without a point but likely will eclipse the 200 mark in both career goals and assists this season, as he needs eight goals and 10 assists to reach those marks. The Flyers are 16-for-18 on the penalty kill over their last six games.
The Flyers have been really tough at home, going 11-2-2 in their last 15 and the Blues are struggling. This is a very favorable line for the home team here tonight.
Pick: Flyers -120