San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues - 1/7/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: San Jose Sharks vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (+166) Blues (-185)
Enterprise Center is the venue where Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (26-10-7, 1st in the Central Division) will take on the San Jose Sharks (19-21-4, 6th in the Pacific Division) on Tuesday. The Blues open this contest at -185 while the Sharks are coming in at +166. The O/U opens at 6. The Sharks are covering 40.5% of the time, having gone 17-25 SU. The Blues are covering 60.5% of the time, going 26-17 straight up.
The San Jose Sharks head into this game holding a record of 19 wins and 21 defeats, which puts them at 6th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 117 goals which has them ranked at 12th in the conference and 24th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -30, which puts them at 29th in the NHL. The Sharks currently have a total of 42 pts, which has them ranked at 26th in the NHL and 13th in the West. When talking about shots on goal, they currently have a total of 1,282 which has them ranked at 12th in the conference and 23rd in the NHL. As a group, San Jose has earned a total of 949 hits which means they have an average of 21.6 per game. They currently have a total of 474 blocks for the year. The goalie for San Jose is Martin Jones from North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 30 years old and has totaled 1,767 mins minding the net for the season. Jones is conceding 3.19 goals per game which has him sitting 28th among Western Conference goaltenders and 54th in the NHL among goaltenders. So far this season, he's given up 94 goals. His save percentage is .890 which has him sitting 31st among Western Conference goaltenders.
The San Jose Sharks were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 5 - 4 loss against the Washington Capitals in their last contest. The Sharks had a impressive offensive performance in the loss. In this matchup, they converted 4 of the 29 shots they tried. In addition, they had 4 power play opportunities and were able to score 2 goals out of those attempts. San Jose ended up with a total of 4 penalty minutes in their game. The Corsi for the Sharks was 50 and the Corsi against was 49 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 50.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 39 and the Fenwick against sat at 35, telling us they have a rate of 52.7%. They took 23 face-off wins and lost 27 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 39.3% and they had a PDO of 88.5 for this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Washington Capitals earned a total of 29 shots. They finished with 8 minutes in the box and they tallied 2 power play opportunities.
The Blues will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 26 wins and 10 losses. When talking about goal differential, they are sitting 2nd in the Western Conference and 8th in the NHL with +19. They have compiled a total of 135 goals for this season which puts them at 5th in the West. St. Louis has a team save % of .913 which has them sitting 5th in the NHL, meaning scoring opportunities may be scarce. They have a shooting percentage of 10.4% ranking them 3rd in the Western Conference. In net for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington who is having a marginal campaign by allowing 2.55 goals per contest and that has him 6th among West goaltenders and 13th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,763 mins he's been on the ice this year, he's allowed 75 goals. His save % is .916, which has him ranking 10th among West goaltenders and 18th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The St. Louis Blues went up against the Vegas Golden Knights in an outing where the Blues went home in defeat by a tally of 5 - 4. In this matchup, St. Louis went home with a 42.1% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 40 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 55. Their Fenwick rate was 41.7% by earning a Fenwick of 30 and the Golden Knights having a 42 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game St. Louis played and they looked good in this game. They had a PDO of 92.2 and they had an oZS percentage of 43.8%. The Blues netted 4 goals of the 31 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play opportunities in this outing and were able to convert 2 out of those opportunities. Regarding the opposition, the Golden Knights had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to take advantage of it. St. Louis conceded 33 shots on goal and the Golden Knights had a total of 12 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take San Jose (+166)
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