Toronto Maple Leafs vs. St. Louis Blues - 12/7/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Toronto Maple Leafs vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Maple Leafs (+136) Blues (-150)
Frederik Andersen and the Toronto Maple Leafs (13-13-4, 4th in the Atlantic Division) go to Enterprise Center on Saturday where they'll take on the St. Louis Blues (18-6-6, 1st in the Central Division). The Blues open this matchup at -150 while the Maple Leafs are priced at +136. The total opens at 6. The Maple Leafs are covering 41.4% of the time, having gone 12-17 SU. The Blues are covering 60.0% of the time, going 18-12 straight up.
The Toronto Maple Leafs head into this game holding a record of 13 victories and 13 losses, putting them at 4th in the Atlantic Division. During the year thus far, they have scored a total of 94 goals which is 5th in the conference and 6th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -5, putting them at 20th in the NHL. The Maple Leafs currently have a total of 30 pts, which is 21st in the NHL and 10th in the East. In the matter of shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,017 which is 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the NHL. As a team, Toronto has a total of 433 hits which has them averaging 14.4 per game. They currently have a total of 284 blocks for the season. The man protecting the net for Toronto is Frederik Andersen from Barrie, Ontario. He is 30 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,381 minutes defending the net this year. Andersen is allowing an average of 2.56 goals per game which puts him at 7th in the Eastern Conference and 15th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has allowed 59 goals. He's earned a save % of .918 which puts him at 6th in the Eastern Conference.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look for better times on the ice after their 3 - 1 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche in their previous contest. The Maple Leafs could have played much better offensively in this loss. In this matchup, they finished 1 of the 39 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Toronto had a total of 6 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Maple Leafs was 43 and the Corsi against at even strength was 42 giving them a Corsi percentage of 50.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 33 and the Fenwick against was 24, telling us they have a rate of 57.9%. They earned 29 face-off wins and lost 18 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 61.1% and they had a PDO of 103.8 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Colorado Avalanche put up 30 shots. They finished with 2 penalty minutes and they tallied 3 power play attempts.
The Blues are the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 18 victories and 6 defeats. With reference to goal differential, they currently sit 2nd in the conference and 5th in the league with +15. They have earned a total of 90 goals for the season which ranks 4th in the conference. St. Louis has a save percentage as a team of .921 which has them sitting 5th in the league, which means scoring chances may be limited. They are shooting 10.2% ranking them 4th in the West. In goal for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington who is having an average year by giving up 2.30 goals per contest and that has him 4th among Western Conference goaltenders and 8th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,333 minutes he has been on the ice, he has allowed 51 goals. He has a save % of .925, which ranks him 7th among Western Conference goaltenders and 11th in the NHL among goalies.
The St. Louis Blues went up against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a matchup where the Blues were on the wrong end of the score by a tally of 3 - 0. In their game, St. Louis earned a 44.1% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 26 while their opponent had a Corsi of 33. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 39.6% by way of having a Fenwick of 19 and the Penguins earning a 29 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that St. Louis had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their PDO was 88.5 and they had an oZS percentage of 57.1%. The Blues converted 0 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to score a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Penguins had 5 power play opportunities but didn't tally a goal. St. Louis conceded 33 shots on goal and the Penguins had a total of 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Toronto (+136)
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