St. Louis Blues vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 1/4/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (+124) Golden Knights (-137)
T-Mobile Arena is the venue where Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (23-15-6, 1st in the Pacific Division) will play the St. Louis Blues (26-10-6, 1st in the Central Division) on Saturday. The line on this matchup has the Blues coming in at +124 and the Golden Knights are at -137. The over/under opens at 5.5. The Blues are covering 61.9% of the time, having gone 26-16 SU. The Golden Knights are covering 48.8% of the time, going 20-21 straight up.
The St. Louis Blues head into this game holding a record of 26 wins and 10 losses, ranking them 1st in the Central Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 131 goals which has them ranked at 5th in the Western Conference and 13th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +20, ranking them 6th in the NHL. The Blues have earned a total of 58 points, which has them ranked at 3rd in the NHL and 1st in the Western Conference. In discussing shots at the opposition, they have earned a total of 1,273 which has them ranked at 10th in the conference and 21st in the NHL. As a unit, St. Louis currently has a total of 802 hits which has them averaging 19.1 per contest. They have earned a total of 406 blocks for the year. Protecting the net for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington from Richmond Hill, Ontario. He is 26 years old and has racked up 1,763 mins minding the net this year. Binnington is conceding an average of 2.55 goals per contest which has him ranking 6th among Western Conference goaltenders and 14th in the NHL. For the season, he has given up 75 goals. His save % is .916 which has him ranking 10th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The St. Louis Blues will look to clean up some issues after taking a 7 - 3 loss against the Colorado Avalanche in their previous contest. The Blues played like an average offensive team in the defeat. In this outing, they finished 3 out of the 27 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 3 power play attempts and were able to score 1 goal out of those attempts. St. Louis had a total of 10 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Blues was 39 and the Corsi against was 51 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 43.3%. Their Fenwick was 29 and the Fenwick against was 44, which earned them a rate of 39.7%. They won 16 face-off wins and lost 34 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 53.3% and they had a PDO of 95.4 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Colorado Avalanche racked up 42 shots. They ended the game with 6 penalty mins and they notched 5 power play attempts.
The Golden Knights are the team looking to add points to their total and for the year they sit with 23 wins and 15 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they sit 6th in the West and 15th in the NHL with +7. They have compiled a total of 136 goals for the season which ranks 2nd in the West. Vegas has a team save % of .906 which currently has them sitting 12th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They are shooting 9.1% which puts them at 9th in the West. In net for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having a marginal campaign by allowing 2.76 goals against average and that has him 10th among Western Conference goalies and 22nd in the NHL. In the 1,698 mins he's been on the ice, he has allowed 78 goals. His save percentage is .912, which ranks him 14th among Western Conference goalies and 24th in the NHL.
The Vegas Golden Knights squared up with the Philadelphia Flyers in a game where the Golden Knights took home the win by a mark of 5 - 4. In this matchup, Vegas had a 57.5% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 61 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 45. They had a Fenwick percentage of 56.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 48 and the Flyers having a 37 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Vegas had and it tells us that they played really well in this game. Their PDO was 103.3 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 40.5%. The Golden Knights notched 5 goals of the 33 shots on goal they attempted. They had 1 power play chance in this game and converted 1 on that opportunity. As for the opposition, the Flyers had 3 power play attempts and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Vegas gave way to 38 shots on goal and the Flyers earned 2 minutes in the box.
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Tony's Pick: Take Vegas (-137)
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