St. Louis Blues vs San Jose Sharks Prediction, 4/21/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: St. Louis Blues vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (-188) Sharks (+155)
The San Jose Sharks (30-34-12) welcome the St. Louis Blues (46-20-11) at SAP Center on Thursday. The moneyline on this matchup has St. Louis at -188 and San Jose is priced at +155. The over/under has been set at 6.
The St. Louis Blues were on the losing side of the ice with a 3-2 loss against the Bruins the last time they stepped on the ice. The Blues had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this loss. In the game, they finished 2 of the 22 shots they launched. Moreover, they had 3 power play attempts and were able to notch 1 goal. St. Louis accounted for 8 minutes in the box for this matchup.
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When talking about their scoring capabilities, the St. Louis Blues have racked up 288 goals (4th in the NHL) this year and have given up 219. For the current season, they have earned 103 points and their points percentage comes in at .669. St. Louis is sitting with 224 power play chances and they have notched 60 goals out of those tries, garnering them a percentage of 26.79%. While playing at even strength, the Blues have conceded 185 goals while earning 228 on the offensive side of the ice. St. Louis has attempted 2,344 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 12.3%. The Blues have had 2,454 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .911. St. Louis Blues opponents have tallied 211 power play opportunities (23rd in pro hockey) and have tallied 34 goals in those attempts.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Ville Husso. Husso has participated in 55 contests over the course of his NHL career. He has earned an overall record of 33-12-7 and he has started in 51 games. Opponents have scored 140 goals against Husso in his career and his goals against average is 2.68. Husso has had 1,635 shot attempts taken against him and has accrued 1,495 total saves. His save percentage currently sits at .914 for his 3,140 minutes between the pipes. Over the course of his time in hockey, Husso has accounted for 30 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .588.
In their last contest, San Jose went up against the Blue Jackets in a matchup where the Sharks got the win by a final of 3-2. The Sharks converted 3 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play chances in this contest and netted 1 goal out of those attempts.
The Sharks have earned 158 goals at even strength and 38 goals (24th in professional hockey) while having more men on the ice. San Jose has tried 2,230 shots (28th in professional hockey) and has a shot percentage of 8.79%, while allowing the opposition 2,427 shots. During this campaign, the San Jose Sharks have earned a total of 196 goals, 72 points, in addition to a points percentage of .474. They have a total of 205 power play opportunities and they have a power play rate of 18.54%. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 85.85% on their opponents 205 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is currently 90.1%. They have granted a total of 240 goals to be scored by way of 211 goals at even strength and 29 goals while they had less men on the ice.
For the opposition you are likely to see James Reimer patrolling the crease. Reimer has compiled a career mark of 191-147-52 and has been in net for 430 games. Reimer's percentage of quality starts is 52.3% and he has 206 quality starts in his professional career. He has accrued 11,445 saves out of the 12,535 shots taken, giving him a save percentage of .913. Teams are averaging 2.80 goals per contest and he has relinquished 1,090 goals altogether. He has been a starter 394 games and has played for a total of 23,396 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take San Jose (+155)
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