St. Louis Blues vs. Arizona Coyotes - 12/31/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Arizona Coyotes
Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Location: Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (-120) Coyotes (+109)
Gila River Arena is the site where Antti Raanta and the Arizona Coyotes (21-16-4, 3rd in the Pacific Division) will play the St. Louis Blues (26-8-6, 1st in the Central Division) on Tuesday. The Coyotes open this game at +109 while the Blues are coming in at -120. The O/U opens at 5.5. The Blues are covering 65.0% of the time, having gone 26-14 SU. The Coyotes are covering 44.4% of the time, going 16-20 straight up.
The St. Louis Blues step onto the ice holding a record of 26 victories and 8 losses, which puts them at 1st in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 127 goals which is good for 4th in the Western Conference and 12th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +26, which puts them at 4th in the NHL. The Blues have a total of 58 pts, which is good for 2nd in the NHL and 1st in the conference. With reference to shots toward the net, they have a total of 1,207 which is good for 11th in the Western Conference and 22nd in the NHL. As a group, St. Louis has collected a total of 762 hits which has them averaging 19.1 per contest. They have a total of 392 blocks for this year. In goal for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington from Richmond Hill, Ontario. He is 26 years old and has totaled 1,709 minutes defending the goal this year. Binnington is conceding 2.39 goals per contest which has him sitting 5th among Western Conference goaltenders and 10th in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has allowed 68 goals. His save % is .921 which has him sitting 8th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The St. Louis Blues will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4 - 1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets their last time out. The Blues had a good offensive outing in this win. For this game, they converted 4 out of the 28 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 2 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal out of those chances. St. Louis had a total of 6 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Blues was 50 and the Corsi against was 37 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 57.5%. Their Fenwick was 39 while the Fenwick against was 30, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 56.5%. They took 30 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 17 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 39.7% and they had a PDO of 107.0 for this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Winnipeg Jets earned 26 shots. They finished with a total of 4 penalty minutes and they had 3 power play chances.
The Coyotes are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 21 wins and 16 losses. in respect to goal differential, they are currently sitting 6th in the Western Conference and 15th in the league with +5. They currently have a total of 110 goals for the season which is 10th in the Western Conference. Arizona has a team save percentage of .920 which has them 3rd in the league, meaning they are difficult to score against. They have a shooting percentage of 8.6% which is good for 14th in the West. In goal for Arizona is Antti Raanta who is having a rough season by giving up 2.92 goals against average and that places him 19th in the West and 35th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 925 mins he has been on the ice, he's allowed 45 goals. His save percentage is .913, which has him ranking 16th in the West and 28th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Arizona Coyotes faced off against the Dallas Stars in an outing where the Coyotes went home in defeat by a final score of 4 - 2. For this outing, Arizona earned a 46.9% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 45 and the other team having a Corsi of 51. Their Fenwick rate came in at 49.3% by way of having a Fenwick of 36 and the Stars having earned a 37 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Arizona had and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their PDO was 89.0 and their oZS percentage was 61.5%. The Coyotes netted 2 goals out of the 35 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. In discussing the opposition, the Stars had 3 power play chances but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Arizona conceded 25 shots on goal and the Stars earned a total of 10 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take St. Louis (-120)
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