Vegas Golden Knights vs. St. Louis Blues - 12/12/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (+113) Blues (-125)
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (16-12-5, 4th in the Pacific Division) travel to Enterprise Center on Thursday where they'll meet the St. Louis Blues (18-8-6, 1st in the Central Division). The Blues open this game at -125 while the Golden Knights are priced at +113. The over/under opens at 5.5. The Golden Knights are covering 43.3% of the time, having gone 13-17 SU. St. Louis covers 56.3% of the time, going 18-14 straight up.
The Vegas Golden Knights head into this game holding a record of 16 wins and 12 losses, which puts them at 4th in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 95 goals which ranks 5th in the Western Conference and 14th in the league. Their goal differential is +1, which puts them at 19th in the league. The Golden Knights have compiled a total of 37 pts, which ranks 14th in the league and 8th in the conference. Regarding shots at the opposing goalie, they have compiled a total of 1,112 which ranks 1st in the conference and 1st in the league. As a team, Vegas has racked up a total of 705 hits which has them averaging 21.4 per game. They have compiled a total of 319 blocks for this season. The man in net for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury from Sorel, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has played a total of 1,219 mins defending the net for the season. Fleury is giving up an average of 2.46 GAA which has him ranked 7th in the Western Conference and 13th in the NHL among goalies. For the season, he's given up 50 goals. His save percentage is .921 which has him ranked 8th in the Western Conference.
The Vegas Golden Knights were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 5 - 1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks their last time out. The Golden Knights had a solid offensive performance in the win. For this matchup, they scored on 5 of the 37 shots they put on net. They also had 2 power play chances and were able to net 1 goal out of those tries. Vegas earned a total of 8 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Golden Knights was 36 and the Corsi against was 43 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 45.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 28 and the Fenwick against was 32, giving them a rate of 46.7%. They took 27 face-off wins at even strength and lost 28 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 41.8% and they had a PDO of 113.0 for this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks put up 29 shots. They finished with 4 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 4 power play attempts.
The Blues will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 18 victories and 8 defeats. In the matter of goal differential, they are currently sitting 2nd in the West and 9th in the NHL with +9. They have earned a total of 94 goals for the year which puts them at 6th in the Western Conference. St. Louis has a save % as a team of .915 which currently has them ranked 7th in the NHL, meaning they are difficult to score against. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.0% which is good for 5th in the conference. In net for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington who is having an average season by surrendering 2.45 goals against average and that has him ranked 6th in the West and 12th in the NHL. In the 1,346 mins he has played this year, he has surrendered 55 goals. He's earned a save % of .921, which places him at 9th in the West and 16th in the NHL.
The St. Louis Blues opposed the Buffalo Sabres in a matchup where the Blues ended up taking the loss by a tally of 5 - 2. In this game, St. Louis wound up with a 45.2% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 28 and the other team having a Corsi of 34. Their Fenwick rate was 42.3% by way of having a Fenwick of 22 and the Sabres finishing with a 30 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game St. Louis played and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their PDO at even strength was 89.5 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 70.0%. The Blues scored 2 goals out of the 30 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play attempts in this one but didn't put one in the back of the net. Concerning the opposition, the Sabres had 2 power play attempts but were not able to take advantage. St. Louis conceded 33 shots on goal and the Sabres ended up with a total of 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take St. Louis (-125)
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