New Jersey Devils vs St. Louis Blues Predictions, NHL Free Pick 2/18/2020
Game: New Jersey Devils vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+197) Blues (-220)
Enterprise Center is the venue where Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (32-17-10, 2nd in the Central Division) will take on the New Jersey Devils (22-26-10, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) on Tuesday. The Devils open this game at +197 while the Blues are priced at -220. The total opens at 5.5. The Devils cover 33.3% of the time, having gone 18-36 SU. St. Louis covers 53.5% of the time, going 31-27 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils come into this matchup holding a record of 22 wins and 26 losses, which is good for 8th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 158 goals which has them sitting at 13th in the East and 25th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -40, which is good for 29th in the NHL. The Devils have a total of 54 points, which has them sitting at 28th in the NHL and 14th in the conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they have a total of 1,815 which has them sitting at 11th in the conference and 20th in the NHL. As a group, New Jersey has earned a total of 1,076 hits which means they have an average of 18.6 per game. They have a total of 745 blocks for the year. The man looking after the goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has played 2,323 mins minding the goal for the campaign. Blackwood is allowing 2.79 goals per game which has him sitting 18th among Eastern Conference goalies and 32nd in the NHL. During this year, he's surrendered 108 goals. His save % is .913 which has him sitting 12th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The New Jersey Devils came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 4 - 3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last game. The Devils had a solid offensive performance in the win. For this matchup, they finished 4 out of the 26 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 1 power play attempt but weren't able to score. New Jersey earned a total of 4 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Devils sat at 44 and the Corsi against was 74 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 37.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 38 while the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 58, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 39.6%. They earned 25 face-off wins at even strength and lost 29 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 20.6% and they had a PDO of 105.8 for this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Columbus Blue Jackets put up 55 shots. They had a total of 0 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 2 power play chances.
The Blues will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they have 32 wins and 17 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they are ranked 2nd in the conference and 7th in the league with +17. They have compiled a total of 186 goals for this year which has them at 5th in the West. St. Louis has a team save % of .906 which currently has them sitting 13th in the league, which means there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.3% putting them at 3rd in the West. In goal for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington who is having a marginal campaign by allowing 2.72 goals against average and that has him 11th in the West and 25th in the NHL. In the 2,468 mins he's been on the ice, he's allowed 112 goals. He holds a save % of .909, which places him at 18th in the West and 36th in the NHL.
The St. Louis Blues opposed the Nashville Predators in a game where the Blues ended up taking the loss by a mark of 2 - 1. For this outing, St. Louis earned a 61.2% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 63 and the other team having a Corsi of 40. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 60.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 48 and the Predators earning a 32 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that St. Louis had and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their PDO was 93.3 and they earned an oZS percentage of 80.0%. The Blues netted 1 goal out of the 39 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play chances in this game but didn't put one in the back of the net. Regarding the opposition, the Predators had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to take advantage of it. St. Louis gave way to 24 shots on goal and the Predators racked up 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take St. Louis (-220)
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