Hurricanes vs Blues Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/4/2020
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (+118) Blues (-130)
Enterprise Center is the site where Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (31-14-8, 1st in the Central Division) will play the Carolina Hurricanes (30-19-3, 5th in the Metropolitan Division) on Tuesday. The odds on this matchup have the Hurricanes priced at +118 and the Blues are at -130. The O/U opens at 5.5. The Hurricanes cover 54.2% of the time, having gone 26-22 SU. The Blues cover 57.7% of the time, going 30-22 straight up.
The Carolina Hurricanes head into this game holding a record of 30 wins and 19 defeats, putting them at 5th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have scored a total of 162 goals which ranks 10th in the East and 16th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +23, putting them at 6th in the NHL. The Hurricanes have earned a total of 63 pts, which ranks 11th in the NHL and 9th in the East. When looking at shots at the opposing goalie, they have earned a total of 1,729 which ranks 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the NHL. As a unit, Carolina has obtained a total of 832 hits which has them averaging 16 per game. They have earned a total of 495 blocks for this year. The man protecting the goal for Carolina is Petr Mrazek from Lugnvik, Sweden. He is 27 years old and has totaled 1,939 minutes protecting the net for the season. Mrazek is surrendering 2.63 goals per game which places him at 13th among Eastern Conference goalies and 19th among goaltenders in the NHL. During this season, he's allowed 85 goals. He holds a save percentage of .904 which places him at 23rd among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Carolina Hurricanes were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 victory against the Vancouver Canucks in their previous game. The Hurricanes had a good offensive performance in this win. In this matchup, they finished 4 out of the 32 shots they attempted. They also had 1 power play chance but weren't able to score a goal. Carolina earned a total of 8 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Hurricanes sat at 54 and the Corsi against was 49 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 52.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 41 while the Fenwick against sat at 40, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 50.6%. They won 27 face-off wins and lost 29 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 69.2% and they had a PDO of 99.3 for this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Vancouver Canucks earned a total of 35 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 2 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 4 power play chances.
The Blues will be the team across the ice and for the campaign they sit with 31 wins and 14 losses. In terms of goal differential, they are currently ranked 2nd in the Western Conference and 8th in the NHL with +20. They have a total of 167 goals for this season which has them ranked at 5th in the West. St. Louis has a team save percentage of .908 which has them sitting 12th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.3% ranking them 5th in the Western Conference. In goal for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington who is having a marginal campaign by surrendering 2.63 goals per game and that places him 7th among West goalies and 20th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,166 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he's allowed 95 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .911, which puts him at 17th among West goalies and 30th among goalies in the NHL.
The St. Louis Blues played the Winnipeg Jets in a matchup where the Blues took a loss by a final score of 5 - 2. In this outing, St. Louis wound up with a 53.5% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 61 and the other team having a Corsi of 53. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 55.4% by notching a Fenwick of 51 and the Jets ending the game with a 41 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that St. Louis had and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their PDO at even strength was 87.5 and they earned an oZS percentage of 53.5%. The Blues netted 2 goals of the 40 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play chances in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. As for the opposition, the Jets had 2 power play chances but were not able to notch a goal. St. Louis allowed 33 shots on goal and the Jets ended up with a total of 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take St. Louis (-130)
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