St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche Prediction, 1/15/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Friday, January 15, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (+122) Avalanche (-149)
Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues are headed to Ball Arena on Friday where they'll take on the Colorado Avalanche. The Blues open this game at +122 while the Avalanche are priced at -149. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Blues will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 6 - 2 defeat against the Canucks in their final game of last season. The Blues left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the defeat. For the outing, they scored on 2 out of the 36 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 2 power play chances but weren't able to net one. St. Louis ended up with a total of 4 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Blues was 69 and the Corsi against was 39 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 63.9%. Their Fenwick was 43 while the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 31, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 58.1%. They earned 26 face-off wins at even strength and lost 29 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 60.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 85.6 in this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Vancouver Canucks tallied 25 shots. They had a total of 4 penalty minutes and they notched 2 power play chances.
The man looking after the goal for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington from Richmond Hill, Ontario. He is 26 years old and played 2,948 mins minding the goal last year. Binnington allowed an average of 2.56 goals against average which had him placed 6th in the West and 15th in the NHL among goalies. He gave up 126 goals. He had a save % of .912 which had him placed 18th in the West. The Blues converted a total of 223 goals which was good for 4th in the conference and 11th in the league. Their goal differential was +33, which put them at 5th in the league. The Blues had a total of 94 points, which was good for 2nd in the league and 1st in the West. In terms of shots on goal, they had a total of 2,179 which was good for 9th in the West and 17th in the league. As a group, St. Louis had a total of 1,394 hits which means they had an average of 19.6 per game. They had a total of 706 blocks for the year.
The Avalanche played the Stars in an outing where the Avalanche ended up taking the loss by a score of 5 - 4 in their final game of the season. Colorado had a 52.0% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 66 while they allowed a Corsi of 61. Their Fenwick percentage was 53.6% by notching a Fenwick of 45 and the Stars having earned a 39 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Colorado played and they showed up in this game. Their PDO was 99.4 and their percentage of oZS was 43.2%. The Avalanche scored 4 goals of the 44 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play opportunities in this one and were able to net 1 out of those attempts. Regarding the opposition, the Stars had 2 power play attempts and were able to tally 2 goals. Colorado allowed 35 shots on goal and the Stars ended up with a total of 8 penalty minutes.
In goal for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer who had an average year by surrendering 2.63 goals per contest and that had him ranked 9th among Western Conference goalies and 20th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 2,057 minutes he was on the ice last season, he surrendered 90 goals. He had a save percentage of .916, which placed him at 14th among Western Conference goalies and 21st in the NHL among goaltenders. When it comes to goal differential, the Avalanche were 1st in the Western Conference and 3rd in the NHL with +46. They compiled a total of 236 goals for the season which ranked them 1st in the West. Colorado had a save percentage as a team of .913 which was good for 6th in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They shot 10.5% which was good for 3rd in the Western Conference.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take St. Louis (+122)
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