Nashville Predators at St. Louis Blues 4/28/2017 Free Game 2 NHL Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 4/27/2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
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The Nashville Predators travel to Scottrade Center to play the St. Louis Blues on Friday, April 28, 2017 in Game 2 of their series. Nashville leads the series 1-0. The opening line for this game has the Predators at +104 and the Blues at -115.
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Nashville had a regular season record of 41-29-12 and on the road they had a record of 17-20-4. They finished 4th in the Central Division. They've scored 240 goals and given up 224 goals for a point differential of +16. For the season they have an ATS record of 39-41 and an over/under record of 41-35-6. St. Louis finished with a record of 46-29-7 including 24-12-5 at home this season. They were 3rd in the Central Division. They've scored 235 goals and surrendered 218 for a goal differential of +17. Their record against the spread is 43-36 while their over/under record sits at 34-36-12.
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Valuable Nashville Predators Betting Trends
The Nashville Predators are 39-41 straight up
The Nashville Predators are 41-35-6 against the over/under
Important St. Louis Blues Betting Trends
The St. Louis Blues are 43-36 straight up
The St. Louis Blues are 34-36-12 against the over/under
Key Nashville Predators Injuries
04/27/17 LW Kevin Fiala Lower Body is downgraded to expected to miss Friday vs. St. Louis
04/26/17 RW Craig Smith Undisclosed "?" Friday vs. St. Louis
04/17/17 LW Vernon Fiddler Upper Body out indefinitely
Key St. Louis Blues Injuries
02/05/17 C Robby Fabbri Knee out for season
Ryan Johansen has accumulated 61 total points this season for the Predators. He has 14 goals this season with 154 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 9%. He has a total of 47 assists on the season and averages 18.8 minutes played per game. Viktor Arvidsson has averaged 17.2 minutes of ice time per game this year. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 13% by scoring 31 goals on 246 shots. He has 30 assists giving him a total of 61 points on the season. Pekka Rinne has 31 wins and 19 losses this season in net for the Predators. He has had 1,757 shots against him and has given up 144 goals. He has made 1,613 saves for a save percentage of 92%.
Vladimir Tarasenko has accumulated 75 total points this season for the Blues. He has 39 goals this season with 286 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 14%. He has a total of 36 assists on the season and averages 18.5 minutes played per game. Alex Steen has averaged 19.3 minutes of ice time per game. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 14% by scoring 16 goals on 117 shots. He has 35 assists giving him a total of 51 points on the season. Jake Allen has 33 wins and 20 losses this season in net for the Blues. He has had 1,620 shots against him and has given up 138 goals. He has made 1,482 saves for a save percentage of 92%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Predators have 94 total points this season. They have scored 240 goals while giving up 224 goals. They have had 259 power play opportunities and have scored 49 goals on those chances for a percentage of 19%. The Predators have allowed 241 power play opportunities and given up 46 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 81%. They average 31 shots per game and as a team are shooting 9.39% for the season to this point. They allow 30 shots to their opposition per contest and have a team save percentage of 91%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Blues have a total of 99 points on the season. They have 50 power play goals on 235 opportunities thus far for a percentage of 21%. They have allowed 263 power play opportunities and have given up 40 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 85%. As a team, the Predators have a total of 235 goals scored while they've given up 218 goals to this point. They average 28 shots per contest and have a team shooting percentage of 10.09%. As a team they give up 28 shots per game and have a save percentage of 91%.
Nashville has a Corsi percentage of 51.1% as they've attempted 4,776 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 4,570 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage is at 50.6% as they have 3,545 attempts while they've given up 3,460 shots on the defensive end. The Predators start possessions in the offensive zone 50.7% of the time while their defensive zone percentage is at 49.3% for the season. They have 2,599 face off wins compared to 2,453 losses, meaning their faceoff win percentage is 51.4%. On defense Nashville has 1,660 hits and they've blocked 1,110 shots from the opposition.
St. Louis has attempted 4,271 shots at full strength and they've given up 4,364 attempts, meaning their Corsi percentage is at 49.5% for the season. In terms of Fenwick percentage, they currently are at 49.8% as they have 3,207 shots while they've given up 3,229 attempts on defense. The Blues have an offensive zone percentage of 48.8% and their defensive zone percentage is 51.2% so far this season. They have a faceoff win percentage of 50.3% as they've compiled 2,438 face off wins this season and they have suffered 2,411 face off losses. On defense St. Louis has blocked 1,135 shot attempts and they have 1,688 hits as a unit.
Who will win tonight's Predators/Blues NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take St. Louis -115
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