St. Louis Blues vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 12/4/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (+113) Penguins (-125)
Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (18-5-6, 1st in the Central Division) are headed to PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Pittsburgh Penguins (14-9-4, 5th in the Metropolitan Division). The Blues open this game at +113 while the Penguins are priced at -125. The over/under opens at 6. The Blues cover 62.1% of the time, having gone 18-11 SU. Pittsburgh covers 50.0% of the time, going 13-13 straight up.
The St. Louis Blues come into the game with a record of 18 wins and 5 losses, ranking them 1st in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 90 goals which is 2nd in the West and 7th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +18, ranking them 4th in the NHL. The Blues currently have a total of 42 points, which is 3rd in the NHL and 1st in the conference. With regard to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 856 which is 7th in the West and 17th in the NHL. As a unit, St. Louis has obtained a total of 455 hits which means they are averaging 15.7 per contest. They currently have a total of 256 blocks for this season. The man protecting the net for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington from Richmond Hill, Ontario. He is 26 years old and has racked up 1,275 mins protecting the net for the season. Binnington is surrendering an average of 2.26 goals per game which has him ranking 5th among Western Conference goaltenders and 7th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the season, he has allowed 48 goals. His save % is .926 which has him ranking 6th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The St. Louis Blues will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4 - 0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in their last game. The Blues played really well in this win. For this matchup, they converted 4 out of the 30 shots they looked to score on. Moreover, they had 2 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal out of those opportunities. St. Louis racked up 4 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Blues sat at 35 and the Corsi against was 40 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 46.7%. Their Fenwick was 25 and the Fenwick against was 34, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 42.4%. They took 26 face-off wins and were beaten on 19 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 42.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 114.3 for this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks tallied a total of 38 shots. They had a total of 4 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 2 power play attempts.
The Penguins will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they sit with 14 wins and 9 losses. When it comes to goal differential, they are sitting 3rd in the East and 5th in the league with +14. They have compiled a total of 92 goals for the year which is good for 4th in the East. Pittsburgh has a team save % of .902 which has them sitting 20th in the league, which means there should be some chances to score. They are shooting 9.9% which is good for 7th in the East. In goal for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray who is having an average year by giving up 2.84 goals per game and that ranks him 10th among East goalies and 24th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,162 mins he has been on the ice, he has surrendered 55 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .897, which ranks him 21st among East goalies and 41st among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Pittsburgh Penguins faced off against the St. Louis Blues in a matchup where the Penguins took a loss by a tally of 5 - 2. While out there on the ice, Pittsburgh went home with a 58.1% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 36 and the other team having a Corsi of 26. Their Fenwick rate was 60.4% with a Fenwick of 29 and the Blues ending the game with a 19 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Pittsburgh had and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. They had a PDO of 82.9 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 70.0%. The Penguins scored 2 goals of the 31 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play chances in this outing but were not able to net one. Regarding the opposition, the Blues had 3 power play attempts and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. Pittsburgh gave way to 27 shots on goal and the Blues earned a total of 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take St. Louis (+113)
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