Montreal Canadiens vs St. Louis Blues NHL Betting Tips 10/19/2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019
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Enterprise Center is the site where Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (3-1-3, 2nd in the Central Division) will play the Montreal Canadiens (3-2-2, 5th in the Atlantic Division) on Saturday. The Blues open this game at -160 while the Canadiens are coming in at +144. The O/U has been set at 5.5. The Canadiens cover 33.3% of the time, having gone 2-4 SU. St. Louis covers 42.9% of the time, going 3-4 straight up.
The Montreal Canadiens were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 0 win over the Minnesota Wild the last time they stepped on the ice. The Canadiens had a solid offensive outing and it was apparent in the win. In this outing, they scored on 4 out of the 33 shots they put on goal. They also had 5 power play chances and were able to net 1 goal out of those opportunities. Montreal racked up 17 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Canadiens was 39 and the Corsi against was 33 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 54.2%. Their Fenwick was 31 and the Fenwick against was 18, meaning they had a rate of 63.3%. They took 19 face-off wins and were beaten on 26 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 66.2% and they had a PDO at even strength of 113.6 for this matchup. Regarding their opponent, the Minnesota Wild tallied 17 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 17 penalty mins and they tallied 5 power play opportunities.
Useful Team Statistics
The Canadiens have 8 total points this season, which ranks them 14th in the NHL. They are 11th in the league in goals scored with 25 while they've given up 23 goals, ranking them 11th overall. They have had 26 power play opportunities and have scored 6 goals on those chances for a percentage of 23%. That is 11th in the NHL. The Canadiens have allowed 23 power play opportunities and have given up 7 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 70%, putting them 25th in the league when short-handed. They average 35 shots per game and as a team shoot 10.20% for the season. They allow 32 shots to their opposition per contest and have a team save percentage of 90%. That puts them 19th in the league in stopping the puck.
The St. Louis Blues squared up with the Vancouver Canucks in a matchup where the Blues took a loss by a tally of 4 - 3. In this game, St. Louis earned a 52.9% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 37 while their opponent had a Corsi of 33. Their Fenwick percentage was 48.2% by earning a Fenwick of 27 and the Canucks having earned a 29 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that St. Louis played and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either. They had a PDO at even strength of 100.6 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 49.1%. The Blues notched 3 goals of the 37 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to score a goal. In discussing their opponent, the Canucks had 5 power play opportunities but weren't able to take advantage of it. St. Louis gave way to 32 shots on goal and the Canucks ended up with 8 penalty mins.
Useful Team Statistics
The Blues are 12th in the NHL with a total of 9 points this year. They have 4 power play goals on 19 opportunities for a percentage of 21%. That ranks them 16th in the league as a power play unit. They've allowed 17 power play opportunities and have given up 1 goal on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 94%. That is 2nd in the NHL. As a team, the Blues are 13th in the league with 22 goals scored while they've given up 23 goals, which is 12th overall. They average 30 shots per contest and have a team shooting percentage of 10.58%. As a team they give up 33 shots per game and have a save percentage of 90%. That is 18th in the NHL.
Montreal is 7th in the NHL in Corsi percentage with 52.3%, as they've attempted 312 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 285 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage is 51.9% as they have 224 attempts while they have given up 208 shots on the defensive end. That ranks them 10th in the league. The Canadiens start possessions in the offensive zone 53.8% of the time, which is 5th in the league, while their defensive zone percentage is at 46.2% for the season. That is 27th overall in the NHL. They have 149 face-off wins compared to 164 losses, meaning their face-off win percentage is 47.6%. That ranks them 22nd in the league. On defense Montreal has 134 hits and they have blocked 77 shots from the opposition, putting them 10th overall.
The Blues are 14th in the league in starting possessions in the offensive zone, doing so 51.4% of the time. Their defensive zone percentage is at 48.6% for the season, which is 19th in the NHL. They have 177 face-off wins compared to 155 losses, meaning their face-off win percentage is 53.3%. That is 5th in the league. On defense St. Louis has 123 hits and they have blocked 83 shots from the opposition, which is 5th in the league. St. Louis is 30th in the NHL in Corsi percentage with 44.9% as they've attempted 246 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 302 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage of 46.2% ranks 25th as they have 188 attempts while they have given up 219 shots on the defensive end.
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