St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche Prediction, 4/3/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Saturday, April 3, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (+165) Avalanche (-200)
Ville Husso and the St. Louis Blues (16-13-6) go to Ball Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Colorado Avalanche (23-8-4). The Blues open this matchup at +165 while the Avalanche are coming in at -200. The over/under has been set at 6.5.
The Blues had a rough game after their 3-2 defeat against the Ducks in their last contest. The Blues didn't have their best offensive outing in the defeat. In the game, they scored on 2 out of the 40 shots they tried. They also had 3 attempts on the power play and notched 1 goal. St. Louis tallied 6 penalty minutes in this contest. The Corsi for the Blues was 52 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 42 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 55.3%. Their Fenwick was 39 and the Fenwick Against sat at 30, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 56.5%. They accumulated 25 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 26 attempts to take control of the puck. Their offensive zone starts sat at 68.6% and they had a PDO at even strength of 90.0 in this one.
In regard to their goal scoring prowess, the St. Louis Blues have accumulated 98 goals (17th in the league) on the season and have given up 111. For the season, they sit with 38 points and their points percentage is .543. St. Louis steps onto the ice with 102 power play opportunities and they have notched 19 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 18.63%. When playing at even strength, the Blues have conceded 83 goals while earning 79 when they are on offense. St. Louis has tried 1,038 shots and has a shooting percentage of 9.4%. The Blues have had 1,015 shots taken against them and have earned a save percentage of .891. St. Louis Blues opponents have earned 110 power play tries (14th in hockey) and have come away with 28 goals in those chances.
The player in the crease for this game is Ville Husso. In his professional hockey career, Husso has accrued 4 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .444. His save percentage currently is .885 during his 582 mins between the pipes. Husso has had 288 shot attempts against him and has accrued 255 saves. Opponents have been able to score 33 goals against Husso in his pro career and his goals against average per game is 3.40. He has a win-loss record of 6-3-1 and he started in 9 games. Husso has been in net for 11 matchups during his professional hockey career.
In their last outing, Colorado went up against the Coyotes in a game where the Avalanche took home the win by a final score of 9-3. Their PDO at even strength was 114 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 45.3%. They had 4 power play opportunities in this contest and recorded 2 out of those chances. Their Fenwick rate was 57.5% by notching a Fenwick of 42 and the Coyotes finishing with a 31 Fenwick. The Avalanche recorded 9 goals out of the 38 shots on goal they were seeking. Colorado wound up with a 60.7% Corsi rate. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Colorado played and it tells us that they played really well in this game.
The Avalanche are sitting with 97 goals at even strength and 30 goals (4th in hockey) while on the power play. Colorado has taken 1,236 shots (2nd in the league) and has a shooting percentage of 10.28%, while allowing their opponents 879 shots. During this campaign, the Colorado Avalanche have earned a total of 127 goals, 50 points, in addition to a points percentage of .714. They have a tally of 127 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 23.62%. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 87.04% on their opponents 108 power play tries, and their save percentage comes in at 91.0%. They have allowed 79 goals to be scored by of a combination of 65 goals at even strength and 14 goals while they were shorthanded.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Philipp Grubauer in net. Grubauer has amassed a career record of 101-59-21 and has played in 204 games. Grubauer's rate of quality starts comes out to 59.9% and he has qualified for 106 quality starting assignments in his career. He has accrued 5,051 saves out of 5,484 shots attempted, giving him a save % of .921. His opponents are averaging 2.33 goals per game and he has allowed 433 goals altogether. He got the starting nod in 177 contests and his ice time sits at 11,133 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take St. Louis (+165)
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