Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues - 12/16/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Monday, December 16, 2019
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Avalanche (+103) Blues (-114)
Enterprise Center is the venue where Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (20-8-6, 1st in the Central Division) will take on the Colorado Avalanche (21-8-3, 2nd in the Central Division) on Monday. The Blues open this game at -114 while the Avalanche are priced at +103. The total opens at 6. The Avalanche cover 65.6% of the time, having gone 21-11 SU. The Blues cover 58.8% of the time, going 20-14 straight up.
The Colorado Avalanche head into this game with a record of 21 victories and 8 defeats, which puts them at 2nd in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 117 goals which has them at 1st in the conference and 2nd in the NHL. Their goal differential is +31, which puts them at 2nd in the NHL. The Avalanche have a total of 45 points, which has them at 5th in the NHL and 2nd in the West. In discussing shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 1,019 which has them at 8th in the conference and 18th in the NHL. As a group, Colorado has obtained a total of 536 hits which has them averaging 16.8 per contest. They have a total of 393 blocks for the year. The man between the pipes for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer from Rosenheim, Germany. He is 28 years old and has totaled 999 minutes protecting the goal this season. Grubauer is allowing 2.76 GAA which places him at 14th in the West and 29th in the NHL. For the year, he's given up 46 goals. He has a save percentage of .914 which places him at 14th in the West.
The Colorado Avalanche came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 3 - 1 win against the New Jersey Devils in their last game. The Avalanche offense showed they have some room for improvement in this win. While out there on the ice, they finished 3 of the 37 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 5 power play attempts and were able to net 1 goal out of those opportunities. Colorado earned a total of 8 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Avalanche sat at 57 and the Corsi against was 46 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 55.3%. Their Fenwick was 41 and the Fenwick against was 35, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 53.9%. They earned 25 face-off wins at even strength and lost 15 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 55.6% and they had a PDO of 102.7 for this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the New Jersey Devils racked up 38 shots. They had a total of 10 minutes in the box and they had 4 power play chances.
The Blues are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 20 wins and 8 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are currently sitting 2nd in the West and 7th in the NHL with +12. They currently have a total of 102 goals for this season which is 4th in the conference. St. Louis has a team save percentage of .915 which has them sitting 7th in the NHL, which means they are a tough team to score against. They are shooting 10.1% ranking them 4th in the Western Conference. In net for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington who is having an ok year by giving up 2.46 GAA and that places him 7th among West goalies and 17th in the NHL. In the 1,466 mins he's been on the ice this season, he's allowed 60 goals. He has a save % of .919, which ranks him 10th among West goalies and 20th in the NHL.
The St. Louis Blues opposed the Chicago Blackhawks in a game where the Blues notched a win by a score of 4 - 3. In their game, St. Louis wound up with a 66.3% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 55 and their opponent having a Corsi of 28. Their Fenwick percentage was 66.2% by notching a Fenwick of 45 and the Blackhawks having earned a 23 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that St. Louis had and they put on a good performance in this one. Their PDO at even strength was 90.0 and their oZS percentage was 80.5%. The Blues scored 4 goals out of the 38 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Concerning their opponent, the Blackhawks had 4 power play opportunities but didn't put the puck in goal. St. Louis conceded 22 shots on goal and the Blackhawks racked up 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Colorado (+103)
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