Vancouver Canucks vs St. Louis Blues Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 8/19/2020
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+128) Blues (-159)
Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues play the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place on Wednesday in Game 5 of their series. The series is tied 2-2. The Canucks open this game at +128 while the Blues are coming in at -159. The total has been set at 5.5. The Canucks are covering 49.2% of the time, having gone 32-33 SU. St. Louis covers 58.0% of the time, going 40-29 straight up.
The Canucks will look for better times on the ice after their 3 - 1 defeat against the Blues in Game 4. The Canucks could have played much better offensively in this defeat. For the game, they earned a goal on 1 of the 23 shots they attempted. They also had 7 power play opportunities but weren't able to score. Vancouver ended up with a total of 14 penalty mins in their game. The Corsi for the Canucks was 31 and the Corsi against was 41 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 43.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 21 and the Fenwick against was 29, telling us they have a rate of 42.0%. They won 22 face-off wins and were beaten on 15 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 66.3% and they had a PDO of 102.6 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the St. Louis Blues tallied 37 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 18 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 5 power play attempts.
The Vancouver Canucks head into this game with a record of 36 wins and 27 losses, which puts them at 4th in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 224 goals which has them sitting at 3rd in the Western Conference and 10th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +10, which puts them at 13th in the NHL. The Canucks have a total of 78 pts, which has them sitting at 20th in the NHL and 9th in the West. In terms of shots on goal, they have a total of 2,153 which has them sitting at 10th in the Western Conference and 22nd in the NHL. As a unit, Vancouver has a total of 1,292 hits which means they are averaging 18.7 per game. They have a total of 915 blocks for the year. The goalie for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom from Gavle, Sweden. He is 30 years old and has played 2,552 minutes protecting the net this year. Markstrom is surrendering 2.75 goals per game which puts him at 14th among Western Conference goalies and 29th among goaltenders in the NHL. During this season, he has allowed 117 goals. He has a save % of .918 which puts him at 10th among Western Conference goalies.
In Game 4 St. Louis wound up with a 56.9% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 41 and they surrendered a Corsi of 31. They had a Fenwick percentage of 58.0% by notching a Fenwick of 29 and the Canucks ending the game with a 21 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that St. Louis had and it tells us they had an average game overall. Their PDO at even strength was 97.4 and they earned an oZS percentage of 33.8%. The Blues converted 3 goals of the 37 shots on goal they attempted. They had 5 power play opportunities in this game and were able to notch 2 out of those opportunities. In discussing their opponent, the Canucks had 7 power play attempts but were not able to notch a goal. St. Louis gave way to 23 shots on goal and the Canucks earned a total of 14 minutes in the box.
The Blues will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they have 42 wins and 19 losses. In terms of goal differential, they sit 2nd in the conference and 5th in the league with +33. They have a total of 223 goals for this year which ranks them 4th in the conference. St. Louis has a save % as a team of .910 which is good for 10th in the league, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.2% ranking them 5th in the conference. In net for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington who is having a marginal year by surrendering 2.56 goals against average and that ranks him 6th in the West and 15th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,948 mins he has been on the ice this season, he's allowed 126 goals. He has a save percentage of .912, which puts him at 18th in the West and 32nd among goalies in the NHL.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Vancouver (+128)
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