Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues Prediction, 4/14/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Avalanche (-185) Blues (+160)
Enterprise Center is the venue where Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (19-16-6) will play the Colorado Avalanche (29-9-4) on Wednesday. The Blues open this matchup at +160 while the Avalanche are priced at -185. The total opens at 5.5.
The Avalanche had a good night with a 4-2 win against the Coyotes in their previous contest. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 50.0% and they had a PDO of 114.5 in this game. They accumulated 23 face-off victories when at even strength and were beaten on 25 attempts to control the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 26 and the Fenwick against finished at 44, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 37.1%. The Corsi for the Avalanche sat at 40 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 53 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 43.0%. Colorado garnered 12 penalty minutes in this game. Furthermore, they had 4 power play opportunities and netted 1 goal. The Avalanche had a solid offensive performance and it showed in the victory. In the game, they finished 4 out of the 20 shots they launched.
The Avalanche have had 1,068 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .909. At even strength, the Avalanche have allowed 75 goals while getting 113 of their own. Colorado Avalanche opponents have 135 power play tries (3rd in the NHL) and have earned 22 goals in those chances. For the current season, they have tallied 62 points and their points percentage sits at .738. Colorado has tried 1,469 shots and holds a shot percentage of 10.2%. When discussing their scoring capabilities, the Colorado Avalanche have accumulated 150 goals (1st in pro hockey) this season and have surrendered 97. Colorado has accumulated 158 power play chances and they have added 37 goals during those advantages, earning them a rate of 23.42%.
The man in goal for this game is Philipp Grubauer. Grubauer has been involved in 208 games during his NHL career. He has compiled an overall mark of 104-60-21 and was named the starter in 181 games. The opposition has racked up 447 goals against Grubauer in his professional hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.36. Grubauer has had 5,592 shot attempts taken against him and he has 5,145 saves. He has a save percentage of .920 during his 11,360 minutes guarding the cage. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Grubauer has compiled 108 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .597.
In their last contest, St. Louis played the Wild in a game where the Blues got the victory by a tally of 3-2. St. Louis had a 61.1% Corsi rating. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that St. Louis played and you might say they looked run of the mill in this one. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 61.7% by way of having a Fenwick of 37 and the Wild having a 23 Fenwick at even strength. Their PDO was 104 and their percentage of oZS was 53.2%. The Blues scored 3 goals of the 30 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 chances on the power play in this matchup and recorded 1 out of those opportunities.
The Blues have earned 95 goals at even strength and 22 goals (21st in hockey) while having more men on the ice. St. Louis has tried 1,228 shots (19th in the league) and has earned a shot percentage of 9.53%, while allowing their opponents 1,227 shots. This season, the St. Louis Blues have earned 117 goals, 44 points, in addition to a points percentage of .537. They have a total of 119 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play rate of 18.49%. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 76.15% on the other teams 130 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently comes in at 89.7%. They have permitted 126 goals to be scored by of a combination of 95 goals at even strength and 31 goals while they had less men on the ice.
For the opposition you will find Jordan Binnington protecting the net. He has accrued 2,827 stops out of 3,089 shots attempted against him, which gives him a percentage of .915. Binnington has earned a career mark of 66-29-13 and has been in goal for 113 games. He was named a starter in 109 games and his ice time sits at 6,559 minutes. Binnington's quality start rate is 59.6% and he has 65 quality starts in his pro career. His opponents are averaging 2.40 goals per contest and he has conceded 262 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Colorado (-185)
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