Blues vs. Canucks Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/27/20
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Monday, January 27, 2020
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (-111) Canucks (-111)
Jacob Markstrom and the Vancouver Canucks (27-18-4, 1st in the Pacific Division) host the St. Louis Blues (30-11-8, 1st in the Central Division) at Rogers Arena on Monday, January 27, 2020. The Canucks open this game at -111 while the Blues are priced at -111. The total is set at 5.5. The Blues are covering 61.2% of the time, having gone 30-19 SU. The Canucks are covering 52.2% of the time, going 24-22 straight up.
The St. Louis Blues step onto the ice with a record of 30 wins and 11 defeats, which is good for 1st in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have scored a total of 158 goals which puts them at 3rd in the West and 10th in the league. Their goal differential is +27, which is good for 6th in the league. The Blues have a total of 68 pts, which puts them at 3rd in the league and 1st in the Western Conference. In connection with shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 1,482 which puts them at 10th in the conference and 21st in the league. As a team, St. Louis has compiled a total of 924 hits which means they have an average of 18.9 per contest. They have a total of 463 blocks for the year. The man between the pipes for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington from Richmond Hill, Ontario. He is 26 years old and has totaled 2,043 minutes minding the goal for the season. Binnington is allowing 2.58 goals per contest which has him placed 8th among Western Conference goaltenders and 18th among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's given up 88 goals. He has a save % of .912 which has him placed 14th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The St. Louis Blues had a rough game after their 5 - 3 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche in their previous game. The Blues had a middle of the road offensive outing in this loss. In this game, they earned a goal on 3 of the 24 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 4 power play chances and were able to net 1 goal out of those tries. St. Louis earned a total of 8 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Blues was 40 and the Corsi against was 33 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 54.8%. Their Fenwick sat at 30 and the Fenwick against at even strength was 24, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 55.6%. They took 21 face-off wins and were beaten on 15 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 59.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 82.7 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the Colorado Avalanche racked up a total of 18 shots. They ended the game with 8 minutes in the box and they tallied 4 power play attempts.
The Canucks will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they sit with 27 wins and 18 defeats. In terms of goal differential, they currently sit 3rd in the West and 10th in the league with +11. They have earned a total of 159 goals for the year which ranks them 2nd in the conference. Vancouver has a save percentage as a team of .907 which has them ranked 13th in the league, which means there should be some opportunities to score. They have a shooting percentage of 10.3% ranking them 5th in the conference. In net for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom who is having an ok season by giving up 2.71 GAA and that has him 9th among Western Conference goaltenders and 23rd in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 2,012 minutes he's played, he has allowed 91 goals. He's earned a save % of .916, which has him ranked 10th among Western Conference goaltenders and 19th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Vancouver Canucks went up against the San Jose Sharks in a game where the Canucks notched a win by a final of 4 - 1. For this game, Vancouver went home with a 53.3% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 48 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 42. Their Fenwick rate came in at 54.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 36 and the Sharks finishing with a 30 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Vancouver had and it was a good performance overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 105.2 and their percentage of oZS was 50.0%. The Canucks converted 4 goals out of the 39 shots on goal they tried. They had 5 power play chances in this one and were able to convert 1 out of those attempts. As for the opposition, the Sharks had 1 power play opportunity but were not able to take advantage. Vancouver conceded 18 shots on goal and the Sharks earned a total of 36 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Vancouver (-111)
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