New York Islanders vs St. Louis Blues Predictions, Free NHL Picks 2/27/2020
Game: New York Islanders vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (+153) Blues (-170)
Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (35-20-7, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) are headed to Enterprise Center on Thursday where they'll take on the St. Louis Blues (37-17-10, 1st in the Central Division). The moneyline on this contest has the Islanders priced at +153 and the Blues are at -170. The O/U is set at 5.5. The Islanders are covering 54.2% of the time, having gone 32-27 SU. The Blues are covering 57.1% of the time, going 36-27 straight up.
The New York Islanders head into this game holding a record of 35 victories and 20 defeats, ranking them 4th in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 176 goals which ranks them 12th in the conference and 23rd in the NHL. Their goal differential is +10, ranking them 14th in the NHL. The Islanders have compiled a total of 77 pts, which ranks them 9th in the NHL and 6th in the Eastern Conference. In discussing shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 1,837 which ranks them 14th in the conference and 29th in the NHL. As a team, New York currently has a total of 1,679 hits which means they are averaging 27.1 per contest. They have compiled a total of 912 blocks for the year. The goaltender for New York is Semyon Varlamov from Kuybyshev, USSR. He is 31 years old and has played 2,296 mins protecting the net this season. Varlamov is surrendering 2.51 GAA which has him placed 10th in the East and 15th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he's allowed 96 goals. He has a save percentage of .918 which has him placed 6th in the East.
The New York Islanders will look for better times on the ice after their 4 - 3 loss against the New York Rangers the last time they stepped on the ice. The Islanders had a middle of the road offensive outing in the loss. While out there on the ice, they scored on 3 of the 45 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 3 power play opportunities and were able to net 1 goal out of those attempts. New York ended up with 19 penalty mins in their game. The Corsi for the Islanders was 77 and the Corsi against was 45 giving them a Corsi percentage of 63.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 55 and the Fenwick against sat at 32, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 63.2%. They earned 25 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 18 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 58.8% and they had a PDO at even strength of 89.1 for this one. Concerning opponent stats, the New York Rangers put up 28 shots. They had 11 penalty mins and they had 2 power play attempts.
The Blues are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 37 victories and 17 defeats. When looking at goal differential, they are ranked 2nd in the West and 5th in the NHL with +29. They have compiled a total of 205 goals for the year which ranks 2nd in the conference. St. Louis has a team save % of .908 which has them ranked 13th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could present themselves. They are shooting 10.4% putting them at 4th in the Western Conference. In goal for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington who is having an average year by giving up 2.61 GAA and that has him ranked 6th among Western Conference goalies and 17th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,708 minutes he's been on the ice this season, he has surrendered 118 goals. He has a save % of .911, which puts him at 16th among Western Conference goalies and 33rd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The St. Louis Blues opposed the Chicago Blackhawks in a game where the Blues took home the victory by a final score of 6 - 5. In their game, St. Louis wound up with a 59.2% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 45 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 31. Their Fenwick percentage was 57.8% by notching a Fenwick of 37 and the Blackhawks finishing with a 27 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that St. Louis played and it tells us that they played really well in this game. They had a PDO of 104.7 and they had an oZS percentage of 54.2%. The Blues notched 6 goals out of the 37 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play opportunities in this outing and converted 2 out of those attempts. Concerning their opponent, the Blackhawks had 4 power play chances and took advantage of the situation by scoring 3 goals. St. Louis conceded 30 shots on goal and the Blackhawks earned a total of 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take St. Louis (-170)
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