New York Islanders vs St. Louis Blues Prediction, 4/9/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New York Islanders vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (+125) Blues (-150)
The St. Louis Blues (40-20-10) will compete against the New York Islanders (32-28-9) at Enterprise Center on Saturday. The moneyline on this contest has the Islanders at +125 while the Blues are coming in at -150. The total is set at 6.
The New York Islanders will look for better times on the ice after their 3-2 loss to the Stars their last time out. New York garnered 4 penalty mins in this matchup. The Islanders had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in this defeat. Moreover, they had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to net one. For the matchup, they netted 2 out of the 21 shots they looked to score on.
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New York Islanders opponents have earned 171 power play opportunities (32nd in the league) and have racked up 27 goals in those attempts. The Islanders have had 2,233 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .918. New York has taken 1,998 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.6%. While at even strength, the Islanders have allowed 156 goals while earning 156 on the offensive side of the ice. New York has compiled 174 power play chances and they have added 35 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 20.11%. For the current campaign, they have recorded 73 points and their points percentage sits at .529. In regard to scoring goals, the New York Islanders have earned 191 goals (25th in pro hockey) for the year and have surrendered 183.
The man protecting the net in this game is Semyon Varlamov. The opposition has notched 1,396 goals versus Varlamov in his career and his goals against average is 2.63. Varlamov has taken the ice for 556 contests throughout his professional hockey career. His save percentage is .916 for his 31,839 minutes played. He has accumulated an overall record of 260-208-62 and he started in 530 games. Over the course of his pro career, Varlamov has compiled 301 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .568. Varlamov has seen 16,710 shots against him and has recorded 15,314 total saves.
The last time they were on the ice, St. Louis opposed the Kraken in a game where the Blues got the win by a final of 4-1. They had 6 power play opportunities in this one and converted 1 goal out of those attempts. The Blues recorded 4 goals of the 36 shots on goal they pursued.
The Blues have earned 199 goals at even strength and 53 goals (6th in professional hockey) while on the power play. St. Louis has put up 2,142 shots (19th in the league) and has a shooting percentage of 11.76%, while allowing the opposition 2,200 shots. During this campaign, the St. Louis Blues have 252 goals, 90 points, and a points percentage of .643. They have earned 203 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 26.11%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 83.16% on the other teams 196 tries on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 90.9%. They have allowed 200 goals to be scored by of a combination of 167 goals at even strength and 33 goals while they were shorthanded.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Jordan Binnington in net. His opponents are averaging 2.59 goals per contest and he has yielded 391 goals altogether. Binnington's quality start rate comes out to 53.3% and he has qualified for 81 quality starts in his hockey career. He has been a starter 152 games and has been on the ice for 9,073 minutes. Binnington is sitting with a career record of 85-45-20 and has participated in 156 games. He has recorded 4,007 stops out of 4,398 shots taken against him, giving him a percentage of .911.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take St. Louis (-150)
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