Opening Night POWER-PLAY (Caps/Blues) ~ 6-0 NHL RUN!
Washington vs. St. Louis,
10/02/2019 20:00 EDT,
Score: 3 - 2
Money Line: -140 St. Louis
8* St. Louis (8:05 ET): The previous two Stanley Cup Champions meet on Opening Night with the Blues hosting the Capitals. Whereas Washington took a more "traditional" (i.e. dominant) path to winning their Cup in '18, it's still hard to wrap your head around what the Blues pulled off last season. As late as January 2nd, they were dead LAST in the league in points. From that point forward, they went 30-10-5 to finish the regular season and then of course went on to hoist the franchise's 1st ever Stanley Cup. Repeating in this league is quite hard to do (just ask the Caps), but we feel there's value on St. Louis in the early going this year, particularly Wednesday night's opener.
Obviously, there's going to be a lot of emotion in the building Wednesday night. Sometimes that can be a distraction. Other times, it can work to the defending champs (who always open the season w/ a home game) benefit. It was definitely the latter LY w/ the Caps, who obliterated Boston 7-0 on Opening Night. Not saying it'll be that one-sided for the Blues, but we do think they'll have the edge. They were 24-15-2 at home LY in the regular season, winning 20 of the last 29 games here at the Enterprise Center. We also happen to think they are one of the more undervalued defending champs in recent memory.
It is difficult to repeat as champs in this league as only three teams have pulled off the feat in the last 30 years. That and the path the Blues took to winning LY is what have them undervalued coming into the year. Keep in mind they largely bring back the same roster, plus Justin Faulk, who should be a boon to the power play. They also now get a full season of Jordan Binnington in goal. It was his emergence LY that keyed the turnaround. For Washington, Alex Ovechkin is listed as day to day. He's expected to play (returned to practice Tuesday), but it's worth noting he is battling a lower-body injury. The Capitals have lost the last six times they've been an underdog. 8* St. Louis