Pittsburgh Penguins vs St. Louis Blues NHL Point Spread Picks 11/30/2019
Game: Pittsburgh Penguins vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Penguins (+110) Blues (-130)
Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (15-5-6, 1st in the Central Division) host the Pittsburgh Penguins (14-7-4, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) at Enterprise Center on Saturday, November 30, 2019. The Penguins open this contest at +110 while the Blues are priced at -130. The over/under has been set at 6. The Penguins are covering 54.2% of the time, having gone 13-11 SU. The Blues are covering 57.7% of the time, going 15-11 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins step onto the ice holding a record of 14 wins and 7 defeats, which is good for 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 88 goals which has them ranked at 4th in the East and 4th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +20, which is good for 2nd in the NHL. The Penguins have earned a total of 32 pts, which has them ranked at 7th in the NHL and 4th in the East. In connection with shots at the opposition, they have earned a total of 871 which has them ranked at 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the NHL. As a team, Pittsburgh currently has a total of 571 hits which has them averaging 22.8 per game. They have earned a total of 242 blocks for the year. In goal for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray from Surrey, British Columbia. He is 25 years old and has played a total of 1,102 minutes defending the net for the year. Murray is surrendering an average of 2.72 GAA which ranks him 10th in the East and 20th in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this year, he has given up 50 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .901 which ranks him 16th in the East.
The Pittsburgh Penguins came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 8 - 6 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in their previous game. The Penguins had a solid offensive output and it showed in the victory. For this outing, they earned a goal on 8 out of the 40 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 4 power play attempts and were able to score 2 goals out of those opportunities. Pittsburgh earned 6 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Penguins sat at 55 and the Corsi against was 27 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 67.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 38 while the Fenwick against sat at 22, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 63.3%. They took 29 face-off wins and lost 23 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 46.4% and they had a PDO of 90.2 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Vancouver Canucks racked up 22 shots. They finished with a total of 10 minutes in the box and they earned 2 power play chances.
The Blues will be the team across the ice and for the season they sit with 15 victories and 5 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they currently sit 4th in the West and 10th in the NHL with +9. They have compiled a total of 78 goals for this season which has them at 6th in the West. St. Louis has a save percentage as a team of .915 which currently has them ranked 6th in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.3% ranking them 3rd in the conference. In net for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington who is having a marginal campaign by surrendering 2.27 goals against average and that places him 4th among West goalies and 6th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,215 mins he has been on the ice this season, he's allowed 46 goals. His save percentage is .925, which ranks him 6th among West goalies and 10th among goalies in the NHL.
The St. Louis Blues opposed the Tampa Bay Lightning in an outing where the Blues got the win by a tally of 4 - 3. For this outing, St. Louis went home with a 43.2% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 32 and the other team having a Corsi of 42. They had a Fenwick percentage of 45.9% with a Fenwick of 28 and the Lightning having a 33 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that St. Louis had and it tells us that they played really well in this game. They had a PDO of 101.2 and their percentage of oZS was 34.4%. The Blues scored 4 goals out of the 33 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play attempts in this outing and were able to notch 1 out of those chances. Concerning their opponent, the Lightning had 4 power play opportunities and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. St. Louis gave up 35 shots on goal and the Lightning earned 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+110)
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