Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues NHL Picks & Predictions 1/25/2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018
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The Colorado Avalanche head to Scottrade Center to take on the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, January 25, 2018. The opening line for this contest has the Avalanche at +153 and the Blues at -170.
Colorado has a record of 27-17-3 this year and away from home they have a record of 9-10-2-1. They are 5th in the Central Division. They have tallied 156 goals and surrendered 136 goals for a point differential of +20. For the year they have an ATS mark of 27-20-0 and an over/under record of 26-19-0. St. Louis has a record of 29-18-3 including 16-10-0-0 on home ice this year. They are 3rd in the Central Division. They've scored 145 goals and have given up 129 for a goal differential of +16. Their record against the spread is 29-21-0 while their over/under mark is 20-30-0.
Valuable Colorado Avalanche Betting Trends
The Colorado Avalanche are 27-20-0 straight up this year
The Colorado Avalanche are 26-19-0 against the over/under this season
Important St. Louis Blues Betting Trends
The St. Louis Blues are 29-21-0 straight up this year
The St. Louis Blues are 20-30-0 against the over/under this season
Key Colorado Avalanche Injuries
12/27/17 D Tyson Barrie Hand IR (12/23)
12/18/17 D Sergei Boikov Shoulder is out indefinitely
11/19/17 C Vladislav Kamenev Arm IR (11/16)
01/23/18 C Colin Wilson Flu is "?" Thursday vs St Louis
01/16/18 RW Sven Andrighetto Leg IR (01/01)
01/03/18 GO Semyon Varlamov Groin IR (01/02)
Key St. Louis Blues Injuries
10/07/17 LW Zachary Sanford Shoulder IR (10/01)
09/27/17 C Robby Fabbri ACL IR (10/01)
01/23/18 LW Jaden Schwartz Ankle is "?" Thursday vs Colorado
Nathan MacKinnon has scored 60 total points this year for the Avalanche. He has 24 goals this season with 158 shots on net, giving him a shooting percentage of 15%. He has a total of 36 assists on the year and averages 19.4 minutes played per contest. Mikko Rantanen averages 18.5 minutes of ice time per game this season. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 16% by tallying 17 goals on 107 attempts. He has 30 assists, giving him a total of 47 points on the year. Jonathan Bernier has 14 wins and 8 losses this season in goal for the Avalanche. He has 711 shots against him and he's surrendered 57 goals. He's made 654 stops for a save percentage of 92%.
Brayden Schenn has 49 total points this season for the Blues. He has 20 goals this year with 128 shots on goal, giving him a shooting percentage of 16%. He has a total of 29 assists on the year and averages 19.5 minutes played per contest. Vladimir Tarasenko averages 19.8 minutes of ice time per contest. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 10% by scoring 21 goals on 204 attempts. He has 25 assists, giving him a total of 46 points on the year. Carter Hutton has 11 wins and 4 losses this season in net for the Blues. He has 490 shots against him and he's given up 29 goals. He's made 461 saves for a save percentage of 94%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Avalanche have 57 total points this year, which is 10th in the NHL. They've scored 156 goals while giving up 136 scores, which has them ranked 5th and 16th respectively. They have had 181 power play chances and scored 37 goals on those opportunities for a percentage of 20%. That is 10th in the league. The Avalanche have given up 170 power play opportunities and surrendered 26 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 85%, ranking them 2nd when short-handed. They average 30 shots per contest and as a team shoot 11.13% for the year. They allow 33 shot attempts to their opposition per game and have a team save percentage of 91%, which is 14th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
The Blues are 6th in the league with a total of 61 points this season. They have 25 power play goals on 164 chances for a percentage of 15%. That is 27th in the NHL. They've given up 151 power play opportunities and surrendered 27 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 82%, ranking 12th overall. As a team, the Blues are 12th with a total of 145 goals scored while they've given up 129 goals this season, ranking 25th in goals against. They average 33 shots per game and have a team shooting percentage of 8.67%. As a unit they give up 30 shots per contest and have a save percentage of 92%, putting them 10th overall in the NHL.
Colorado has a Corsi percentage of 47.5% as they've tried 2,569 shots on goal while at full strength while they have surrendered 2,838 shots on net when they have a full team on the ice. That ranks them 23rd in Corsi percentage. They are 24th in the NHL in Fenwick percentage with 47.6% as they have 1,904 shots while they've given up 2,099 attempts on defense. The Avalanche start possessions in the offensive zone 48.2% of the time while their defensive zone percentage is at 51.8% for the year. That puts them 26th and 4th in the league in zone percentages respectively. They have 1,267 face-off wins as opposed to 1,589 losses, meaning their face-off win percentage is 44.4%. That is 31st overall in the NHL. On defense Colorado has 871 hits and they've blocked 739 attempts from opposing offenses, which is 11th in the league.
The Blues are 16th in the league in starting possessions in the offensive zone, doing so 50.8% of the time. Their defensive zone percentage is at 49.2% for the season, which is 19th in the NHL. They have 1,495 face-off wins compared to 1,523 losses, meaning their face-off win percentage is 49.5%. That is 19th in the league. On defense St. Louis has 1,109 hits and they have blocked 779 shots from the opposition, which is 2nd in the league. St. Louis is 13th in the NHL in Corsi percentage with 51.2% as they've attempted 2,995 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 2,851 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage of 52.4% ranks 8th as they have 2,281 attempts while they have given up 2,072 shots on the defensive end.
Who will win tonight's Avalanche/Blues NHL game against the spread? Guy's Pick: Take Colorado +153
Guy's Pick: Take Colorado +153
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