Blues vs Avalanche Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/18/2020
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Location: Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (+126) Avalanche (-139)
Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (30-10-8, 1st in the Central Division) go to Pepsi Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Colorado Avalanche (25-15-6, 3rd in the Central Division). The odds on this matchup have the Blues priced at +126 and the Avalanche are at -139. The total is set at 6. The Blues are covering 62.5% of the time, having gone 30-18 SU. Colorado is covering 55.3% of the time, going 26-21 straight up.
The St. Louis Blues step onto the ice holding a record of 30 wins and 10 defeats, which puts them at 1st in the Central Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 155 goals which ranks them 2nd in the West and 8th in the league. Their goal differential is +29, which puts them at 4th in the league. The Blues have compiled a total of 68 points, which ranks them 1st in the league and 1st in the conference. With regard to shots at the opposing goalie, they have compiled a total of 1,458 which ranks them 9th in the West and 19th in the league. As a group, St. Louis has earned a total of 907 hits which means they have an average of 18.9 per contest. They have compiled a total of 454 blocks for the year. The goaltender for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington from Richmond Hill, Ontario. He is 26 years old and has totaled 2,006 mins minding the goal for the season. Binnington is giving up an average of 2.51 goals against average which has him ranked 6th in the Western Conference and 13th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the season, he's allowed 84 goals. His save % is .915 which has him ranked 11th in the Western Conference.
The St. Louis Blues had a rough game after their 4 - 3 defeat against the Philadelphia Flyers the last time they stepped on the ice. The Blues had an average offensive performance in the loss. In this outing, they converted 3 out of the 33 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 6 power play attempts and netted 1 goal out of those opportunities. St. Louis racked up 6 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Blues sat at 43 and the Corsi against was 43 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their Fenwick was 35 while the Fenwick against sat at 34, which earned them a rate of 50.7%. They won 27 face-off wins at even strength and lost 24 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 45.7% and they had a PDO of 92.4 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Philadelphia Flyers racked up a total of 25 shots. They had 14 penalty mins and they tallied 2 power play chances.
The Avalanche are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they have 25 victories and 15 losses. Regarding goal differential, they rank 2nd in the conference and 5th in the league with +28. They currently have a total of 164 goals for the season which has them sitting at 1st in the Western Conference. Colorado has a team save % of .909 which currently has them sitting 10th in the league, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a shooting percentage of 10.8% which is good for 1st in the Western Conference. In goal for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer who is having a tough season by allowing 2.92 GAA and that has him 18th among Western Conference goalies and 35th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,540 mins he has been on the ice this year, he's allowed 75 goals. He holds a save % of .909, which has him ranking 18th among Western Conference goalies and 32nd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Colorado Avalanche squared up with the Dallas Stars in a matchup where the Avalanche ended up losing by a tally of 3 - 2. In this matchup, Colorado earned a 57.3% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 67 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 50. Their Fenwick rate was 55.8% by earning a Fenwick of 48 and the Stars finishing with a 38 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Colorado had and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 97.5 and their percentage of oZS was 47.6%. The Avalanche notched 2 goals out of the 43 shots on goal they took. They had 2 power play opportunities in this outing but were not able to net one. In discussing their opponent, the Stars had 3 power play opportunities and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. Colorado conceded 30 shots on goal and the Stars racked up 9 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Colorado (-139)
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