Nashville Predators vs St. Louis Blues Predictions, NHL Picks 2/15/2020
Game: Nashville Predators vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (+122) Blues (-135)
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (27-22-7, 5th in the Central Division) travel to Enterprise Center on Saturday where they'll take on the St. Louis Blues (32-15-10, 1st in the Central Division). The Blues open this contest at -135 while the Predators are coming in at +122. The total opens at 6. The Predators cover 46.3% of the time, having gone 25-29 SU. St. Louis covers 55.4% of the time, going 31-25 straight up.
The Nashville Predators head into this game holding a record of 27 wins and 22 losses, which is good for 5th in the Central Division. Thus far in the season, they have converted a total of 181 goals which puts them at 5th in the West and 12th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +1, which is good for 18th in the NHL. The Predators have a total of 61 points, which puts them at 22nd in the NHL and 10th in the conference. With regard to shots toward the net, they have a total of 1,866 which puts them at 4th in the West and 6th in the NHL. As a team, Nashville currently has a total of 929 hits which has them averaging 16.6 per contest. They have a total of 683 blocks for the year. Protecting the goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne from Kempele, Finland. He is 37 years old and has racked up 1,814 minutes minding the net this season. Rinne is giving up an average of 3.11 GAA which has him ranked 29th among West goaltenders and 52nd among goalies in the NHL. During this year, he's given up 94 goals. He has a save percentage of .895 which has him ranked 28th among West goaltenders.
The Nashville Predators were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 5 - 0 win against the New York Islanders in their previous contest. The Predators had a solid offensive outing in this win. In their game, they earned a goal on 5 of the 26 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to score. Nashville earned a total of 9 penalty minutes for this outing. The Corsi for the Predators sat at 67 and the Corsi against was 55 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 54.9%. Their Fenwick sat at 46 and the Fenwick against sat at 38, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 54.8%. They took 28 face-off wins and were beaten on 19 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 54.8% and they had a PDO of 120.0 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the New York Islanders tallied 31 shots. They had a total of 5 penalty mins and they earned a total of 2 power play opportunities.
The Blues will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 32 victories and 15 losses. In discussing goal differential, they are ranked 2nd in the conference and 7th in the league with +19. They currently have a total of 183 goals for the year which has them ranked at 4th in the Western Conference. St. Louis has a save % as a team of .906 which has them 14th in the league, meaning there should be some opportunities to score. They are shooting 10.5% ranking them 3rd in the West. In goal for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington who is having an average year by allowing 2.74 goals per game and that has him ranked 11th among West goaltenders and 26th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,410 minutes he has played this year, he's given up 110 goals. He's earned a save % of .909, which has him sitting 17th among West goaltenders and 34th among goalies in the NHL.
The St. Louis Blues squared up with the Vegas Golden Knights in a matchup where the Blues were on the wrong end of the score by a final score of 6 - 5. In this game, St. Louis went home with a 31.6% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 31 and the other team having a Corsi of 67. Their Fenwick rate came in at 32.9% with a Fenwick of 25 and the Golden Knights having a 51 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game St. Louis played and it was an excellent showing for this outing. They had a PDO of 118.7 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 33.1%. The Blues scored 5 goals out of the 24 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play chances in this one but didn't put one in the back of the net. Regarding the opposition, the Golden Knights had 5 power play attempts and were able to tally 4 goals. St. Louis conceded 52 shots on goal and the Golden Knights ended up with a total of 6 penalty mins.
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Josh's Pick: Take Nashville (+122)
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