St. Louis Blues vs New York Islanders Prediction, 3/5/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: St. Louis Blues vs New York Islanders
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
Location: UBS Arena in Elmont, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (-133) Islanders (+110)
UBS Arena is the site where the New York Islanders (20-23-8) will go up against the St. Louis Blues (32-15-6) on Saturday. The moneyline on this game has St. Louis at -133 and New York is sitting at +110. The over/under is set at 6.
The St. Louis Blues will look for better times on the ice after their 5-3 defeat against the Rangers in their last game. St. Louis recorded 11 penalty minutes in this outing. The Blues had a middle of the road showing in the loss. In addition, they had 3 chances with extra men on the ice but weren't able to score. In the matchup, they netted 3 out of the 32 shots they looked to score on.
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Regarding their goal scoring prowess, the St. Louis Blues have notched 189 goals (5th in the league) this season and have allowed 144. For the current campaign, they have recorded 70 points and their points percentage is sitting at .660. St. Louis is sitting with 155 power play chances and they have scored 41 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a percentage of 26.45%. When playing at even strength, the Blues have surrendered 120 goals while scoring 148 on the offensive side of the ice. St. Louis has tried 1,636 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 11.6%. The Blues have had 1,675 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .914. St. Louis Blues opponents have 155 power play opportunities (18th in the league) and have notched 24 goals in those chances.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Ville Husso. Husso has taken the ice for 38 games throughout his pro hockey career. He has earned a record of 22-10-3 and he started in 35 games. The opposition has been able to score 92 goals versus Husso in his pro hockey career and his goals against average is 2.59. Husso has had 1,087 shots against him and he has 995 total saves. His save percentage is .915 during his 2,129 mins guarding the cage. In his career, Husso has earned 21 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .600.
When they took the ice last, New York played the Canucks in a matchup where the Islanders took the loss by a score of 4-3. They had 1 power play attempt in this outing but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Islanders scored 3 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they tried.
The Islanders have tallied 108 goals at even strength and 22 goals (29th in the NHL) while having more men on the ice. New York has put up 1,493 shots (31st in the NHL) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 8.71%, while allowing the opposition 1,604 shots. For the season, the New York Islanders are sitting with 130 goals, 48 points, and a points percentage of .471. They have recorded 128 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 17.19%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 82.40% on their opponents 125 power play tries, and their save percentage currently sits at 91.2%. They have allowed 141 goals to be scored by way of 119 goals at even strength and 22 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the rink you will find Ilya Sorokin in the crease. Opponents are averaging 2.33 goals/game and he has allowed 132 goals overall. Sorokin's quality start percentage sits at 66.7% and he has accumulated 38 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has been a starter 57 games and has racked up 3,406 minutes. Sorokin is the owner of a lifetime record of 30-18-10 and has played in 58 contests. He has recorded 1,533 stops out of 1,665 shots taken against him, which gives him a save % of .921.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take New York (+110)
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