St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche Prediction, 10/16/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
TV: Altitude Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (+158) Avalanche (-175)
Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues head to Ball Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Colorado Avalanche. The Blues open this game at +158 while the Avalanche are coming in at -175. The over/under is set at 5.5.
The Blues will need a bounce back game after taking a 5-2 loss to the Avalanche their last time out. When starting in the offensive zone they sat at 49.0% and they had a PDO of 99.6 in this one. They earned 24 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 22 opportunities to win the puck. Their Fenwick was 26 and the Fenwick against was 44, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 37.1%. The Corsi for the Blues was 38 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 62 which means they had a Corsi rate of 38.0%. St. Louis compiled 6 mins in the box in this contest. Furthermore, they had 2 chances with extra men on the ice and scored 1 goal. The Blues could have played much better offensively in this loss. While out there on the ice, they converted 2 out of the 20 shots they tried.
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St. Louis Blues opposition had 171 power play tries (10th in pro hockey) and scored 38 goals in those attempts. The Blues had 1,670 shots taken against them and held a save percentage of .900. St. Louis took 1,622 shots and were the owners of a shot percentage of 10.3%. At even strength, the Blues let the opposition score 129 goals while getting 131. St. Louis had 155 power play chances and tallied 36 goals during those advantages, garnering them a rate of 23.23%. For the previous season, they recorded 63 points and their points % was .563. When it comes to their goal scoring prowess, the St. Louis Blues racked up 167 goals (13th in hockey) last season and surrendered 167.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Jordan Binnington. Binnington has participated in 125 contests throughout his hockey career. He has compiled a record of 72-32-16 and he has gotten the start in 121 games. Opponents have been able to score 294 goals against Binnington in his career and his average for goals against per game is 2.42. Binnington has had 3,441 shots against him and he has 3,147 saves. His save percentage is .915 for his 7,285 mins between the pipes. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Binnington has compiled 69 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .570.
In their last game, Colorado faced the Blackhawks in a game where the Avalanche ended up with the win by a score of 4-2. They had 4 power play opportunities in this game but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Avalanche earned 4 goals out of the 36 shots on goal they tried. Their PDO at even strength was 110 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 44.2%. Colorado wound up with a 56.2% Corsi rate. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Colorado had and they showed up in this game. They had a Fenwick percentage of 56.2% with a Fenwick of 41 and the Blackhawks ending the game with a 32 Fenwick.
The Avalanche accumulated 150 goals at even strength and 47 goals (2nd in the league) while on the power play. Colorado attempted 1,937 shots (2nd in the NHL) and had a shot percentage of 10.17%, while allowing their opponent 1,423 shots. On the campaign, the Colorado Avalanche finished the season with 197 goals, 82 points, and a points percentage of .732. They had a tally of 207 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 22.71%. They recorded a penalty kill rate of 83.05% on their opponent's 177 power play tries, and their save percentage was at 90.7%. They allowed 132 goals to be scored by of a combination of 102 goals at even strength and 30 goals while they were shorthanded.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Darcy Kuemper in the crease. Kuemper is the owner of a lifetime record of 107-83-32 and has been in net for 243 games. Kuemper's percentage of quality starts is 56.6% and he has accumulated 128 quality starts in his NHL career. He has tallied 6,202 stops out of 6,764 shots taken, giving him a save % of .917. Opponents are averaging 2.47 goals per contest and he has allowed 562 goals overall. He has made the start in 226 contests and has accumulated 13,660 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take St. Louis (+158)
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