Arizona Coyotes vs St. Louis Blues Predictions, Hockey Picks 2/20/2020
Game: Arizona Coyotes vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Coyotes (+170) Blues (-189)
Enterprise Center is the venue where Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (33-17-10, 1st in the Central Division) will take on the Arizona Coyotes (30-24-8, 5th in the Pacific Division) on Thursday. The Blues open this matchup at -189 while the Coyotes are coming in at +170. The over/under has been set at 5.5. The Coyotes cover 43.9% of the time, having gone 25-32 SU. The Blues cover 54.2% of the time, going 32-27 straight up.
The Arizona Coyotes head into this matchup with a record of 30 wins and 24 defeats, which is good for 5th in the Pacific Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 167 goals which has them sitting at 11th in the West and 22nd in the NHL. Their goal differential is +4, which is good for 18th in the NHL. The Coyotes have compiled a total of 68 pts, which has them sitting at 18th in the NHL and 8th in the Western Conference. In the matter of shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 1,943 which has them sitting at 5th in the Western Conference and 8th in the NHL. As a unit, Arizona has collected a total of 1,152 hits which has them averaging 18.6 per contest. They have compiled a total of 763 blocks for the season. The man protecting the net for Arizona is Antti Raanta from Rauma, Finland. He is 30 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,645 mins defending the goal for the season. Raanta is surrendering an average of 2.70 GAA which has him placed 10th in the Western Conference and 23rd among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has allowed 74 goals. He has a save percentage of .919 which has him placed 8th in the Western Conference.
The Arizona Coyotes were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 2 - 1 victory against the New York Islanders in their last contest. The Coyotes had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the victory. In their game, they scored on 2 of the 32 shots they looked to score on. In addition, they had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Arizona ended up with a total of 6 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Coyotes was 57 and the Corsi against was 61 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 48.3%. Their Fenwick was 43 and the Fenwick against sat at 41, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 51.2%. They earned 25 face-off wins and lost 16 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 51.9% and they had a PDO of 102.5 in this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the New York Islanders earned 29 shots. They ended the game with 4 penalty mins and they earned 3 power play chances.
The Blues are the team looking to add points to their total and for the year they sit with 33 wins and 17 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they rank 2nd in the West and 8th in the NHL with +20. They have a total of 189 goals for the season which has them ranked at 2nd in the conference. St. Louis has a save % as a team of .907 which has them ranked 13th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They are shooting 10.3% putting them at 3rd in the West. In goal for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington who is having a marginal year by surrendering 2.66 GAA and that ranks him 8th among West goaltenders and 19th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,528 mins he has played this year, he has given up 112 goals. His save % is .910, which has him ranking 17th among West goaltenders and 34th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The St. Louis Blues opposed the New Jersey Devils in an outing where the Blues earned a victory by a final score of 3 - 0. For this game, St. Louis earned a 64.2% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 52 while their opponent had a Corsi of 29. Their Fenwick rate was 68.3% with a Fenwick of 41 and the Devils finishing with a 19 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that St. Louis played and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. They had a PDO of 108.3 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 72.9%. The Blues netted 3 goals of the 39 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play chances in this game but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. Concerning their opponent, the Devils had 3 power play attempts but were not able to take advantage. St. Louis gave way to 17 shots on goal and the Devils earned a total of 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Arizona (+170)
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