Vegas Golden Knights vs St. Louis Blues Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/6/2020
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (-128) Blues (+104)
Rogers Place is the site where Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (42-19-10, 1st in the Central Division) will take on the Vegas Golden Knights (39-24-8, 1st in the Pacific Division) on Thursday. The Blues open this matchup at +104 while the Golden Knights are priced at -128. The total is set at 5.5. The Golden Knights are covering 52.9% of the time, having gone 36-32 SU. St. Louis is covering 58.0% of the time, going 40-29 straight up.
The Vegas Golden Knights head into this game holding a record of 39 victories and 24 defeats, putting them at 1st in the Pacific Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 224 goals which has them ranked at 2nd in the conference and 9th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +15, putting them at 10th in the NHL. The Golden Knights have compiled a total of 86 pts, which has them ranked at 8th in the NHL and 3rd in the West. When discussing shots at the opposing goalie, they have compiled a total of 2,450 which has them ranked at 1st in the West and 1st in the NHL. As a team, Vegas has obtained a total of 1,810 hits which has them averaging 25.5 per contest. They have compiled a total of 781 blocks for the year. The man in net for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury from Sorel, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has racked up 2,880 minutes minding the net for the season. Fleury is allowing 2.77 goals against average which puts him at 16th among West goaltenders and 32nd in the NHL among goalies. During this year, he has allowed 133 goals. His save percentage is .905 which puts him at 23rd among West goaltenders.
The Golden Knights had a good night with a 5 - 3 win against the Stars in their previous game. The Golden Knights had a impressive offensive output in the win. For the game, they netted 5 out of the 33 shots they looked to score on. In addition, they had 2 power play opportunities but didn't net one. Vegas had a total of 2 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Golden Knights was 54 and the Corsi against was 39 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 58.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 41 and the Fenwick against sat at 32, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 56.2%. They won 22 face-off wins and lost 24 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 51.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 108.7 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Dallas Stars tallied a total of 27 shots. They ended the game with 4 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 1 power play opportunity.
The Blues will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 42 wins and 19 losses. in respect to goal differential, they currently sit 2nd in the Western Conference and 5th in the league with +33. They have earned a total of 223 goals for the year which ranks 4th in the Western Conference. St. Louis has a team save % of .910 which has them sitting 10th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.2% which puts them at 5th in the West. In goal for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington who is having a marginal season by surrendering 2.56 goals per contest and that has him ranked 6th in the West and 15th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,948 minutes he has been on the ice, he's given up 126 goals. He has a save percentage of .912, which has him ranking 18th in the West and 32nd among goalies in the NHL.
The Blues faced the Avalanche in a game where the Blues were on the wrong end of the score by a score of 2 - 1. In this outing, St. Louis wound up with a 46.1% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 35 and they gave up a Corsi of 41. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 45.8% with a Fenwick of 27 and the Avalanche having earned a 32 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that St. Louis had and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 96.6 and their percentage of oZS was 39.4%. The Blues converted 1 goal out of the 32 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play attempts in this one and were able to notch 1 out of those opportunities. Regarding their opponent, the Avalanche had 5 power play attempts and went on to score 1 goal. St. Louis allowed 38 shots on goal and the Avalanche earned a total of 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Vegas (-128)
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