Los Angeles Kings vs St. Louis Blues Prediction, 2/24/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Kings vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: Enterprise Center in Saint Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Kings (+162) Blues (-180)
Calvin Petersen and the Los Angeles Kings (8-6-3) travel to Enterprise Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the St. Louis Blues (10-7-2). The Blues open this matchup at -180 while the Kings are coming in at +162. The over/under is set at 5.5.
The Kings came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 3-0 victory against the Blues the last time they stepped on the ice. The offensive zone starts for them sat at 30.4% and their PDO was 108.7 in this game. They amassed 14 face-off victories when at even strength and lost on 24 opportunities to win the face-off. Their Fenwick came in at 33 and the Fenwick against finished at 33, meaning the had a Fenwick percentage of 50.0%. The Corsi for the Kings came in at 43 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 43 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Los Angeles had 4 penalty minutes for this matchup. Additionally, they had 2 power play chances and were able to notch 1 goal. The Kings had a middle of the road showing in the win. For the game, they tallied a score on 3 out of the 31 shots they put on net.
Pertaining to their goal scoring prowess, the Los Angeles Kings have earned 53 goals (13th in hockey) for the season and have given up 47. For the year, the have a total of 19 points and their points percentage comes in at .559. Los Angeles skates onto the rink with 64 power play opportunities and they have added 16 goals during those advantages, giving them a percentage of 25.00%. While at even strength, the Kings have allowed the opponent to score 38 goals while having 37 on the offensive side of the ice. Los Angeles has taken 485 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 10.9%. The Kings have had 531 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .911. Los Angeles Kings opponents have 54 power play tries (19th in pro hockey) and have come away with 9 goals in those attempts.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Calvin Petersen. Petersen has taken the ice for 28 matchups over the course of his NHL career. He has an overall mark of 13-11-2 and he has gotten the start in 26 games. The opposition has scored 69 goals against Petersen in his pro career and his goals against average per game is 2.56. Petersen has seen 906 shots taken against him and has recorded 837 total saves. He has a save percentage of .924 in his 1,617 minutes in the crease. In his career, Petersen has accrued 16 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .615.
In their loss to L.A., the Blues PDO at even strength was 91 and their percentage of oZS was 69.6%. They had 1 power play opportunity in this game but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Their Fenwick percentage was 50.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 33 and the Kings having accrued a 33 Fenwick. The Blues notched 0 goals out of the 31 shots on goal they were seeking. St. Louis earned a 50.0% Corsi rating. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that St. Louis played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice.
St. Louis has taken 582 shots (5th in pro hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 9.97%, while allowing their opponents 563 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 73.53% on their oppositions 68 tries on the power play, and their save percentage sits at 89.9%. They have a total of 58 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 13.79%. The Blues have scored 50 goals at even strength and 8 goals (22nd in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 57 goals to be scored by way of 39 goals at even strength and 18 goals while they were shorthanded. So far this year, the St. Louis Blues have accumulated 58 goals, 22 points, in addition to a points percentage of .579.
For the opposition you will find Jordan Binnington defending the goal. His opponents are averaging 2.34 goals per game and he has allowed 223 goals overall. Binnington's quality start percentage comes out to 61.1% and he has earned 58 quality starts in his pro career. He has started in 95 games and has accumulated 5,724 mins. Binnington has accumulated a lifetime record of 62-23-10 and has played in 98 games. He has accrued 2,449 stops out of the 2,672 shots taken against him, which gives him a rate of .917.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+162)
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