Edmonton Oilers vs. St. Louis Blues - 12/18/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Edmonton Oilers vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Oilers (+147) Blues (-163)
Enterprise Center is the site where Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (21-8-6, 1st in the Central Division) will play the Edmonton Oilers (19-13-4, 2nd in the Pacific Division) on Wednesday. The Blues open this game at -163 while the Oilers are priced at +147. The over/under opens at 5.5. The Oilers are covering 50.0% of the time, having gone 17-17 SU. St. Louis covers 60.0% of the time, going 21-14 straight up.
The Edmonton Oilers head into this game holding a record of 19 victories and 13 defeats, which is good for 2nd in the Pacific Division. During the year thus far, they have scored a total of 106 goals which has them ranked at 6th in the conference and 13th in the league. Their goal differential is -3, which is good for 21st in the league. The Oilers have earned a total of 42 points, which has them ranked at 10th in the league and 5th in the Western Conference. In discussing shots on goal, they have earned a total of 1,046 which has them ranked at 9th in the West and 19th in the league. As a team, Edmonton has collected a total of 737 hits which has them averaging 20.5 per contest. They have earned a total of 457 blocks for this season. The man between the pipes for Edmonton is Mike Smith from Kingston, Ontario. He is 37 years old and has played a total of 974 mins minding the net this year. Smith is surrendering 3.08 goals against average which has him placed 26th among Western Conference goalies and 50th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the season, he has given up 50 goals. He has a save % of .896 which has him placed 26th among Western Conference goalies.
The Edmonton Oilers came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 2 - 1 win against the Dallas Stars in their last contest. The Oilers didn't have their best offensive outing in this victory. For this game, they converted 2 out of the 28 shots they looked to score on. They also had 6 power play attempts and were able to notch 1 goal out of those opportunities. Edmonton racked up 6 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Oilers was 29 and the Corsi against was 58 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 33.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 24 and the Fenwick against sat at 40, which means they had a rate of 37.5%. They won 9 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 17 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 34.1% and they had a PDO at even strength of 102.2 for this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Dallas Stars racked up 35 shots. They had 12 penalty mins and they tallied 3 power play opportunities.
The Blues will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 21 victories and 8 defeats. In discussing goal differential, they are currently ranked 2nd in the Western Conference and 7th in the league with +15. They currently have a total of 107 goals for the season which has them at 2nd in the West. St. Louis has a team save % of .915 which currently has them sitting 7th in the league, which means scoring opportunities may be scarce. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.2% ranking them 3rd in the West. In net for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington who is having an ok season by giving up 2.44 GAA and that has him 7th among West goalies and 16th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,526 minutes he's been on the ice this year, he has surrendered 62 goals. He has a save percentage of .920, which has him sitting 8th among West goalies and 18th in the NHL among goalies.
The St. Louis Blues faced the Colorado Avalanche in a matchup where the Blues ended up with the win by a score of 5 - 2. In this game, St. Louis went home with a 52.5% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 53 and the other team having a Corsi of 48. They had a Fenwick percentage of 51.9% by earning a Fenwick of 42 and the Avalanche having a 39 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that St. Louis played and they showed up in this game. They had a PDO at even strength of 106.0 and their oZS percentage was 42.2%. The Blues notched 5 goals out of the 35 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play chances in this outing and were able to convert 2 out of those opportunities. In discussing the opposition, the Avalanche had 2 power play opportunities and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. St. Louis allowed 28 shots on goal and the Avalanche had 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Edmonton (+147)
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