Blues vs Oilers Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 1/31/2020
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Friday, January 31, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (-115) Oilers (+104)
Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (31-12-8, 1st in the Central Division) head to Rogers Place on Friday where they'll take on the Edmonton Oilers (26-18-6, 3rd in the Pacific Division). The Blues open this game at -115 while the Oilers are coming in at +104. The total opens at 6. The Blues are covering 60.0% of the time, having gone 30-20 SU. Edmonton is covering 50.0% of the time, going 24-24 straight up.
The St. Louis Blues come into the game holding a record of 31 wins and 12 losses, putting them at 1st in the Central Division. So far this year, they have scored a total of 163 goals which has them sitting at 3rd in the Western Conference and 9th in the league. Their goal differential is +25, putting them at 6th in the league. The Blues have compiled a total of 70 points, which has them sitting at 3rd in the league and 1st in the West. When discussing shots at the opposing goalie, they have compiled a total of 1,553 which has them sitting at 10th in the conference and 21st in the league. As a unit, St. Louis has obtained a total of 964 hits which means they are averaging 18.9 per game. They have compiled a total of 484 blocks for this year. The man in the crease for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington from Richmond Hill, Ontario. He is 26 years old and has racked up 2,108 minutes defending the goal this year. Binnington is giving up 2.62 goals per contest which has him sitting 7th among Western Conference goalies and 20th in the NHL among goaltenders. For the season, he has given up 92 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .911 which has him sitting 14th among Western Conference goalies.
The St. Louis Blues had a good night with a 5 - 4 win against the Calgary Flames their last time out. The Blues had a solid offensive output in the victory. For this game, they scored on 5 of the 34 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 2 power play opportunities and were able to net 1 goal out of those attempts. St. Louis ended up with 8 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Blues was 47 and the Corsi against was 50 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 48.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 36 and the Fenwick against was 41, which tells us they had a rate of 46.8%. They earned 25 face-off wins at even strength and lost 28 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 55.8% and they had a PDO of 106.5 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Calgary Flames tallied 31 shots. They ended the game with 4 minutes in the box and they had 4 power play opportunities.
The Oilers will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 26 wins and 18 losses. When it comes to goal differential, they are ranked 7th in the West and 18th in the NHL with +1. They have earned a total of 156 goals for this season which is good for 6th in the West. Edmonton has a save % as a team of .901 which has them ranked 23rd in the NHL, meaning there should be some opportunities to score. They are shooting 10.7% putting them at 2nd in the West. In goal for Edmonton is Mike Smith who is having a rough year by allowing 2.96 goals against average and that has him ranked 21st among Western Conference goalies and 41st in the NHL. In the 1,482 mins he has been on the ice this season, he has given up 73 goals. He holds a save percentage of .901, which ranks him 25th among Western Conference goalies and 49th in the NHL.
The Edmonton Oilers squared up with the Calgary Flames in an outing where the Oilers took the defeat by a final of 4 - 3. In this outing, Edmonton went home with a 54.9% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 56 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 46. Their Fenwick percentage was 57.7% by earning a Fenwick of 45 and the Flames earning a 33 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Edmonton had and we'd say they played an average game. Their PDO was 93.6 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 57.4%. The Oilers scored 3 goals of the 34 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play opportunities in this game and netted 1 out of those attempts. Regarding the opposition, the Flames had 1 power play opportunity but were not able to take advantage. Edmonton gave way to 28 shots on goal and the Flames earned a total of 22 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take St. Louis (-115)
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