San Jose Sharks vs St. Louis Blues Prediction, 2/18/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose Sharks vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
TV: Fox Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (+180) Blues (-222)
Enterprise Center is the site where Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (9-5-2) will play the San Jose Sharks (6-7-1) on Thursday. The Blues open this matchup at -222 while the Sharks are priced at +180. The O/U has been set at 6.5.
The Sharks were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3-2 win over the Ducks their last time on the ice. Their starts in the offensive zone were at 32.4% and they had a PDO of 100.9 in this one. They accumulated 30 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 24 opportunities to take control of the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 33 and the Fenwick against was 44, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 42.9%. The Corsi for the Sharks was sitting at 44 and the Corsi against when all was said and done was 59 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 42.7%. San Jose accumulated 4 penalty mins in this contest. Furthermore, they had 2 power play attempts and were able to net 1 goal. The Sharks had an average offensive performance in the victory. In the matchup, they scored on 3 out of the 29 shots they tried.
In regard to their goal scoring prowess, the San Jose Sharks have tallied 34 goals (26th in hockey) on the season and have allowed 50. For the year, they have earned 13 points and their points percentage sits at .464. San Jose has compiled 47 power play chances and they have scored 8 goals out of those tries, giving them a percentage of 17.02%. When playing at even strength, the Sharks have allowed 38 goals while having 26 themselves. San Jose has attempted 431 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 7.9%. The Sharks have had 439 shots attempted against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .886. San Jose Sharks opponents have totaled 53 power play tries (9th in pro hockey) and have racked up 12 goals in those chances.
The man in goal for this game is Martin Jones. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Jones has tallied 174 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .527. His save percentage is at .908 for his 19,389 mins guarding the cage. Jones has seen 9,079 shot attempts against him and has recorded 8,248 total saves. Opponents have racked up 831 goals against Jones in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per game is 2.57. He has compiled an overall record of 177-123-25 and he has gotten the start in 330 games. Jones has played in 337 games over the course of his professional hockey career.
Their last time out, St. Louis played the Coyotes in a matchup where the Blues went home in defeat by a final score of 1-0. They had 2 power play chances in this one but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. The Blues notched 0 goals out of the 24 shots on goal they attempted. Their PDO at even strength was 93 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 59.1%. St. Louis earned a 60.8% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that St. Louis played and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their Fenwick percentage was 59.6% by compiling a Fenwick of 31 and the Coyotes having racked up a 21 Fenwick at even strength.
St. Louis has put up 474 shots (7th in professional hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 10.76%, while allowing the opposition 473 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 73.85% on their opponents 65 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.1%. They have recorded 50 power play opportunities and they have a power play rate of 12.00%. The Blues have tallied 45 goals at even strength and 6 goals (25th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 47 goals to be scored by of a combination of 30 goals at even strength and 17 goals while they had less men on the ice. On the season, the St. Louis Blues are sitting with 51 goals, 20 points, as well as a points percentage of .625.
Across the ice you are likely to see Jordan Binnington in net. Binnington has earned a career record of 61-21-10 and has participated in 95 games. Binnington's quality start rate sits at 60.9% and he has accumulated 56 quality starts in his hockey career. He is sitting with 2,369 saves out of 2,583 shots tried, which gives him a rate of .917. The opposition is averaging 2.32 goals per game and he has conceded 214 goals overall. He has made the start in 92 games and has been on the ice for 5,545 minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take San Jose (+180)
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