Vegas Golden Knights vs St. Louis Blues Prediction, 4/5/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Monday, April 5, 2021
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (-125) Blues (-105)
Robin Lehner and the Vegas Golden Knights (24-10-2) travel to Enterprise Center on Monday where they'll meet the St. Louis Blues (16-15-6). The Blues open this game at -105 while the Golden Knights are priced at -125. The O/U opens at 5.5.
The Golden Knights will look for better times on the ice after their 2-1 defeat against the Wild in their previous contest. The Golden Knights had a below average offensive outing in the defeat. While out there on the ice, they converted 1 of the 28 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 3 power play attempts but didn't convert them into a score. Vegas amassed 6 penalty minutes in this contest. The Corsi for the Golden Knights sat at 64 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 43 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 59.8%. Their Fenwick was 41 and the Fenwick against was 33, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 55.4%. They had a tally of 23 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 23 attempts to take control of the puck. When starting in the offensive zone they were rated at 61.8% and their PDO rating was 100.0 for this one.
Vegas Golden Knights opponents have 97 power play tries (28th in the league) and have scored 15 goals in those chances. The Golden Knights have had 995 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .918. Vegas has taken 1,119 shots and has a shooting percentage of 10.1%. While playing at even strength, the Golden Knights have allowed the opponent to score 67 goals while notching 93 on the offensive side of the ice. Vegas skates onto the rink with 112 power play chances and they have notched 20 goals out of those tries, earning them a rate of 17.86%. For the current campaign, they have recorded 50 points and their points % is .694. In the matter of their goal scoring prowess, the Vegas Golden Knights have racked up 113 goals (12th in hockey) for the year and have given up 82.
The man in goal for this game is Robin Lehner. Lehner has played in 310 games throughout his hockey career. He has earned an overall record of 122-121-47 and he has started in 291 games. The opposition has scored 786 goals against Lehner in his professional career and his goals against average is 2.71. Lehner has had 9,577 shots taken against him and he has 8,791 saves. He has a save percentage of .918 in his 17,429 minutes in the crease. In his career, Lehner is sitting with 165 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .567.
In their last contest, St. Louis opposed the Avalanche in a matchup where the Blues took a loss by a mark of 2-1. St. Louis had a 40.2% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game St. Louis had and you might say they will look for a better outcome in their next outing. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 44.9% by way of having a Fenwick of 31 and the Avalanche having earned a 38 Fenwick at even strength. They had a PDO at even strength of 97 and their oZS percentage was 39.7%. The Blues tallied 1 goal of the 28 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal.
For the season, the St. Louis Blues have notched a total of 101 goals, 38 points, in addition to a points percentage of .514. They have granted a total of 116 goals to be scored by of a combination of 86 goals at even strength and 30 goals while they were shorthanded. The Blues have racked up 81 goals at even strength and 20 goals (23rd in pro hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have a total of 110 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 18.18%. St. Louis has tried 1,093 shots (21st in professional hockey) and has a shot percentage of 9.24%, while allowing the opposition 1,088 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 75.00% on their opponents 120 power play tries, and their save percentage comes in at 89.3%.
Across the ice you are going to see Jordan Binnington defending the net. Teams are averaging 2.42 goals per game and he has allowed 259 goals overall. Binnington's percentage of quality starts sits at 58.9% and he has 63 quality starting assignments in his career. He has started in 107 games and has racked up 6,409 minutes. Binnington is the owner of a lifetime mark of 64-29-13 and has participated in 110 contests. He is sitting with 2,740 saves out of the 2,999 shots attempted, which gives him a save percentage of .914.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Vegas (-125)
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