San Jose Sharks vs St. Louis Blues Prediction, 11/18/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose Sharks vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (+138) Blues (-167)
Enterprise Center is the venue where Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (8-5-2) will play the San Jose Sharks (8-6-1) on Thursday. The Blues open this matchup at -167 while the Sharks are coming in at +138. The over/under opens at 5.5.
The Sharks were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 4-1 win against the Wild their last time out. The Corsi for the Sharks was sitting at 34 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 48 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 41.5%. When starting in the offensive zone they were at 34.3% and their PDO rating was 119.7 in this one. San Jose accumulated 16 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Sharks had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in this victory. Their Fenwick was 26 and the Fenwick against finished at 34, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 43.3%. They accumulated 27 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 17 attempts to control the puck. Additionally, they had 3 power play chances but weren't able to net one. In the outing, they tallied a score on 4 of the 21 shots they put on goal.
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Regarding their scoring, the San Jose Sharks have notched 43 goals (17th in pro hockey) for the season and have surrendered 41. For the season, the have a total of 17 points and their points % is .567. San Jose has accounted for 43 power play opportunities and they have scored 9 goals during those advantages, giving them a rate of 20.93%. At even strength, the Sharks let the opposition score 37 goals while scoring 34 on the offensive side of the ice. San Jose has tried 431 shots and has a shooting percentage of 10.0%. The Sharks have had 449 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .909. San Jose Sharks opponents have recorded 41 power play tries (25th in pro hockey) and have scored 4 goals in those chances.
The player protecting the goal in this game is James Reimer. Over the course of his time in hockey, Reimer has 183 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .511. He has a save percentage of .914 during his 21,363 minutes guarding the cage. Reimer has had 11,416 shot attempts against him and has garnered 10,431 saves. Opponents have been able to score 985 goals versus Reimer in his career and his goals against average per game is 2.77. He has compiled an overall record of 177-133-44 and he has gotten the start in 358 games. Reimer has been involved in 393 games over the course of his professional hockey career.
Their last time out, St. Louis went up against the Coyotes in a game where the Blues went home in defeat by a score of 3-2. St. Louis earned a 57.1% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game St. Louis had and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their Fenwick percentage was 58.3% by notching a Fenwick of 35 and the Coyotes having accrued a 25 Fenwick. Their PDO was 101 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 53.9%. The Blues scored 2 goals of the 36 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play attempts in this matchup but didn't put one in the back of the net.
St. Louis has tried 500 shots (12th in hockey) and has a shot percentage of 10.00%, while allowing the other team 472 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 81.40% on their oppositions 43 power play chances, and their save percentage comes in at 91.3%. They have recorded 40 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 30.00%. The Blues have 38 goals at even strength and 12 goals (5th in pro hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have allowed 41 goals to be scored by of a combination of 33 goals at even strength and 8 goals while they were shorthanded. For the season, the St. Louis Blues have earned a total of 50 goals, 18 points, in addition to a points percentage of .600.
Across the ice you are going to see Jordan Binnington defending the net. He has racked up 3,500 stops out of 3,828 shots taken against him, giving him a save % of .914. Binnington has accumulated a career record of 78-36-18 and has played in 137 games. He has made the start in 133 contests and his ice time sits at 8,007 minutes. Binnington's quality start percentage is 55.6% and he has accumulated 74 quality starts in his pro hockey career. His opposition is averaging 2.46 goals per contest and he has given up 328 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take St. Louis (-167)
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