Detroit Red Wings vs St. Louis Blues Prediction, 12/9/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Detroit Red Wings vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Red Wings (+148) Blues (-180)
Alex Nedeljkovic and the Detroit Red Wings (13-10-3) are headed to Enterprise Center on Thursday where they'll meet the St. Louis Blues (13-8-4). The Blues open this game at -180 while the Red Wings are priced at +148. The total opens at 5.5.
The Red Wings will need a bounce back game after taking a 5-2 defeat to the Predators their last time on the ice. The Corsi for the Red Wings sat at 33 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 52 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 38.8%. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 54.3% and their PDO rating was 94.4 for this one. Detroit accrued 14 penalty minutes in this contest. The Red Wings didn't have a great showing offensively in this defeat. Their Fenwick came in at 18 and the Fenwick against finished at 38, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 32.1%. They accumulated 29 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 24 attempts to win the puck. Furthermore, they had 2 chances with extra men on the ice and netted 1 goal. In the matchup, they tallied a score on 2 out of the 16 shots they put on goal.
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In relation to their scoring, the Detroit Red Wings have accounted for 72 goals (18th in the National Hockey League) for the year and have conceded 83. For the current season, they have tallied 29 points and their points percentage comes in at .558. Detroit has accumulated 69 power play opportunities and they have notched 11 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a percentage of 15.94%. While at even strength, the Red Wings have surrendered 64 goals while having 61 on the offensive side of the ice. Detroit has tried 739 shots and holds a shot percentage of 9.7%. The Red Wings have had 864 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .904. Detroit Red Wings opponents have amassed 75 power play tries (12th in hockey) and have racked up 19 goals in those chances.
The player between the pipes for this game is Alex Nedeljkovic. Opponents have tallied 100 goals versus Nedeljkovic in his NHL career and his goals against average is 2.26. Nedeljkovic has been in net for 46 games throughout his hockey career. His save percentage is .924 during his 2,656 minutes between the pipes. He has a record of 25-11-7 and he has started in 42 games. Over the course of his pro career, Nedeljkovic has compiled 26 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .619. Nedeljkovic has had 1,310 shots against him and has accrued 1,210 total saves.
When they were on the ice last, St. Louis went up against the Panthers in a game where the Blues got the victory by a tally of 4-3. They had a PDO of 104 and their oZS percentage was 49.7%. They had 5 power play attempts in this game and scored 1 goal out of those tries. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 42.3% by tallying a Fenwick of 30 and the Panthers finishing with a 41 Fenwick at even strength. The Blues converted 4 goals out of the 30 shots on goal they took. St. Louis had a 40.2% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game St. Louis played and it was a good performance overall.
For the season, the St. Louis Blues have a total of 82 goals, 30 points, in addition to a points percentage of .600. They have allowed 71 goals to be scored by way of 58 goals at even strength and 13 goals while they were shorthanded. The Blues have 61 goals at even strength and 21 goals (3rd in the league) while on the power play. They have a total of 71 opportunities on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 29.58%. St. Louis has attempted 826 shots (9th in professional hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 9.93%, while allowing their opponents 802 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 81.94% on their oppositions 72 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently sits at 91.1%.
Across the rink you are likely to see Ville Husso in the crease. Husso has earned a career record of 12-8-2 and has played in 24 games. Husso's quality start percentage sits at 50.0% and he has 11 quality starts in his career. He has accounted for 627 stops out of the 693 shots attempted, giving him a percentage of .905. The opposition is averaging 2.98 goals per game and he has yielded 66 goals altogether. He has started in 22 games and has racked up 1,331 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take St. Louis (-180)
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