St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche Prediction, 5/17/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Monday, May 17, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (+175) Avalanche (-210)
Philipp Grubauer and the Colorado Avalanche (35-13-4) play the St. Louis Blues (24-19-9) at Ball Arena on Monday. The Avalanche open this contest at -210 while the Blues are priced at +175. The total has been set at 5.5.
The Blues went home feeling good about their game by earning a 7-3 victory over the Wild the last time they stepped on the ice. Their offensive zone starts were at 44.5% and they had a PDO of 106.4 in this game. They garnered 20 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 20 attempts to gain puck control. Their Fenwick came in at 26 and the Fenwick against was 25, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 51.0%. The Corsi for the Blues sat at 34 and the Corsi against was 30 which means they had a Corsi rate of 53.1%. St. Louis recorded 8 penalty minutes in this matchup. They also had 4 power play tries and were able to score 3 goals. The Blues had a solid offensive outing in the win. In the game, they scored on 7 out of the 27 shots they attempted.
With regard to their goal scoring prowess, the St. Louis Blues have racked up 167 goals (12th in pro hockey) over the course of the season and have given up 167. For the year, the have a total of 57 points and their points percentage is .548. St. Louis has tallied 146 power play opportunities and they have scored 33 goals out of those tries, garnering them a percentage of 22.60%. At even strength, the Blues have surrendered 130 goals while getting 134 of their own. St. Louis has taken 1,622 shots and holds a shot percentage of 10.3%. The Blues have had 1,670 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .900. St. Louis Blues opponents have earned 160 power play tries (12th in the league) and have a total of 37 goals in those attempts.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Jordan Binnington. The opposition has racked up 294 goals against Binnington in his pro career and his goals against average is 2.42. Binnington has been in net for 125 contests over the course of his NHL career. He has a save percentage of .915 for his 7,285 minutes in the crease. He has a win-loss mark of 72-32-16 and he started in 121 games. Over the course of his career, Binnington has accrued 69 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .570. Binnington has had 3,441 shot attempts against him and has recorded 3,147 saves.
When they were on the ice last, Colorado faced off against the Kings in a game where the Avalanche earned a victory by a final score of 5-1. They had 2 opportunities on the power play in this contest but weren't able to notch a goal. The Avalanche converted 5 goals out of the 43 shots on goal they tried. Their PDO at even strength was 107 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 72.6%. Colorado earned a 68.7% Corsi rating. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Colorado played and it tells us that they played really well in this game. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 70.0% by notching a Fenwick of 56 and the Kings having earned a 24 Fenwick.
The Avalanche have accumulated 152 goals at even strength and 45 goals (1st in pro hockey) while having more men on the ice. Colorado has put up 1,937 shots (2nd in the league) and has a shooting percentage of 10.17%, while allowing the opposition 1,423 shots. So far this season, the Colorado Avalanche have earned a total of 197 goals, 74 points, in addition to a points percentage of .712. They have a tally of 196 chances on the power play and they have a power play rate of 22.96%. They have a penalty kill rate of 82.14% on the other teams 168 power play chances, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.7%. They have granted a total of 132 goals to be scored by way of 102 goals at even strength and 30 goals while they had less men on the ice.
For the opposition you are going to see Philipp Grubauer patrolling the crease. Teams are averaging 2.34 goals per game and he has given up 457 goals altogether. Grubauer's quality start percentage sits at 59.9% and he has accumulated 112 quality starting assignments in his pro hockey career. He has been a starter 187 games and his ice time sits at 11,718 minutes. Grubauer has accrued a lifetime mark of 109-61-21 and has been in net for 214 games. He is sitting with 5,288 saves out of the 5,745 shots taken, which gives him a percentage of .920.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take St. Louis (+175)
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