Vegas Golden Knights vs St. Louis Blues Prediction, 4/7/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (-145) Blues (+131)
Enterprise Center is the venue where Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues (16-16-6) will play the Vegas Golden Knights (25-10-2) on Wednesday. The Blues open this game at +131 while the Golden Knights are priced at -145. The O/U opens at 5.5.
The Golden Knights went home feeling good about their game by earning a 6-1 win against the Blues their last time out. The Corsi for the Golden Knights was sitting at 54 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 42 which had their Corsi rate coming in at 56.3%. When starting in the offensive zone they came in at 42.9% and their PDO rating was 115.0 for this matchup. Vegas tallied 4 penalty minutes in this outing. The Golden Knights had a good offensive output in the victory. Their Fenwick was 37 and the Fenwick against finished at 28, meaning the had a Fenwick percentage of 56.9%. They had a tally of 19 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 26 opportunities to control the puck. Furthermore, they had 2 power play opportunities but didn't convert them into a score. In the game, they finished 6 of the 33 shots they tried.
The Golden Knights have had 1,027 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .919. While playing at even strength, the Golden Knights have given up 68 goals while notching 99 of their own. Vegas Golden Knights opponents have totaled 100 power play tries (27th in pro hockey) and have racked up 15 goals in those chances. For the year, they have 52 points and their points percentage is .703. Vegas has tried 1,152 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 10.3%. In the matter of their scoring, the Vegas Golden Knights have earned 119 goals (9th in the league) for the season and have allowed 83. Vegas is sitting with 114 power play opportunities and they have notched 20 goals during those chances, giving them a rate of 17.54%.
The player between the pipes for this game is Marc-Andre Fleury. For his professional hockey career, Fleury has accumulated 394 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .550. He has a save percentage of .913 for his 50,502 mins guarding the cage. Fleury has seen 24,731 shots taken against him and has recorded 22,578 saves. Opponents have notched 2,153 goals versus Fleury in his professional career and his goals against average per game is 2.56. He has accumulated an overall mark of 483-275-82 and he has started in 717 games. Fleury has taken the ice for 873 games over the course of his NHL career.
In their loss to Vegas, St. Louis wound up with a 43.8% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game St. Louis played and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 43.1% with a Fenwick of 28 and the Golden Knights having notched a 37 Fenwick at even strength. Their PDO at even strength was 85 and they earned an oZS percentage of 57.7%. The Blues earned 1 goal of the 32 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 chances on the power play in this one but didn't put one in the back of the net.
The Blues have tallied 82 goals at even strength and 20 goals (23rd in the NHL) while on the power play. St. Louis has tried 1,125 shots (16th in hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 9.07%, while allowing the opposition 1,121 shots. On the campaign, the St. Louis Blues have earned a total of 102 goals, 38 points, in addition to a points percentage of .500. They have earned 113 power play opportunities and they have a power play percentage of 17.70%. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 75.41% on the other teams 122 power play tries, and their save percentage sits at 89.1%. They have permitted 122 goals to be scored by of a combination of 92 goals at even strength and 30 goals while they were shorthanded.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Jordan Binnington protecting the net. He has gathered 2,753 stops out of the 3,013 shots taken against him, giving him a percentage of .914. Binnington is the owner of a lifetime mark of 64-29-13 and has played in 111 games. He has started in 107 games and has played for a total of 6,439 minutes. Binnington's quality start percentage comes out to 58.9% and he has 63 quality starts in his professional career. His opponents are averaging 2.42 goals per contest and he has yielded 260 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Vegas (-145)
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