St. Louis Blues vs Vegas Golden Knights Prediction, 5/7/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (+130) Golden Knights (-150)
Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (24-19-8) travel to T-Mobile Arena on Friday where they'll take on the Vegas Golden Knights (37-13-2). The Golden Knights open this contest at -150 while the Blues are priced at +130. The total is set at 5.5.
The Blues will look for better times on the ice after their 3-2 loss against the Ducks in their last game. The Corsi for the Blues was sitting at 37 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 48 which had their Corsi percentage coming in at 43.5%. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 65.7% and they had a PDO of 98.3 in this game. St. Louis garnered 11 penalty minutes in this outing. The Blues could have played much better offensively in this defeat. Their Fenwick was 29 and the Fenwick Against sat at 37, giving them a Fenwick rate of 43.9%. They accounted for 29 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 20 attempts to take control of the puck. Additionally, they had 3 power play tries and were able to notch 1 goal. In the game, they finished 2 of the 26 shots they put on goal.
The Blues have had 1,528 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .899. At even strength, the Blues have conceded 118 goals while having 117 as an offensive unit. St. Louis Blues opponents have tallied 157 power play tries (14th in the NHL) and have scored 37 goals in those attempts. For the current season, they sit with 56 points and their points % is .549. St. Louis has attempted 1,503 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 10.0%. Pertaining to their scoring capabilities, the St. Louis Blues have accounted for 150 goals (15th in the National Hockey League) on the season and have allowed 155. St. Louis has compiled 145 power play opportunities and they have scored 33 goals out of those attempts, earning them a percentage of 22.76%.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Jordan Binnington. Opponents have been able to score 286 goals versus Binnington in his NHL career and his goals against average per game is 2.42. Binnington has played in 122 matchups over the course of his hockey career. His save percentage sits at .915 for his 7,099 mins in the crease. He has amassed an overall mark of 70-32-15 and was named the starter in 118 games. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Binnington has accrued 68 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .576. Binnington has seen 3,359 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 3,073 saves.
In their last contest, Vegas went up against the Wild in a game where the Golden Knights notched a win by a final score of 3-2. Vegas wrapped up this game with a 56.6% Corsi rating. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Vegas had and we'd say they played an average game. Their Fenwick rate came in at 53.2% with a Fenwick of 33 and the Wild having a 29 Fenwick. Their PDO was 99 and their percentage of oZS was 70.8%. The Golden Knights scored 3 goals of the 34 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 opportunities on the power play in this outing and netted 1 out of those opportunities.
This season, the Vegas Golden Knights have earned a total of 175 goals, 76 points, in addition to a points percentage of .731. They have granted a total of 116 goals to be scored by way of 97 goals at even strength and 19 goals while they were shorthanded. The Golden Knights have earned 145 goals at even strength and 30 goals (17th in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have a tally of 160 power play chances and they have earned a power play rate of 18.75%. Vegas has attempted 1,684 shots (5th in pro hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 10.39%, while allowing the other team 1,441 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 86.13% on their opponents 137 power play tries, and their save percentage sits at 92.0%.
Across the ice you are going to see Robin Lehner defending the goal. He is sitting with 8,993 stops out of the 9,797 shots taken, which gives him a save percentage of .918. Lehner has accumulated a lifetime record of 128-123-47 and has participated in 318 games. He has made the start in 299 games and has been on the ice for 17,913 mins. Lehner's rate of quality starts sits at 57.2% and he has qualified for 171 quality starting assignments in his pro career. Teams are averaging 2.69 goals per contest and he has conceded 804 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take St. Louis (+130)
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