Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues Prediction, 2/18/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Location: Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Avalanche (-166) Blues (+138)
The Colorado Avalanche (29-19-5) are headed to Enterprise Center on Saturday where they will try to defeat the St. Louis Blues (26-25-3). The moneyline on this contest has the Avalanche at -166 while the Blues are opening at +138. The over/under comes in at 7.
The Colorado Avalanche were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3-2 victory against the Wild in their previous contest . Colorado amassed 9 penalty mins in this outing. Moreover, they had 1 chance with the advantage but weren't able to notch a goal. The Avalanche had an average offensive output in the win. In the game, they scored on 3 of the 19 shots they put on net.
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When at even strength, the Avalanche have allowed the opponent to score 108 goals while earning 119 on the offensive side of the ice. Colorado Avalanche opponents have earned 165 power play tries (20th in hockey) and have scored 38 goals in those chances. Regarding scoring goals, the Colorado Avalanche have notched 159 goals (23rd in pro hockey) on the campaign and have allowed 146. Colorado has attempted 1,765 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.0%. For the year, they have accumulated 63 points and their points percentage comes in at .594. The Avalanche so far have had 1,722 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .915. Colorado skates onto the rink with 171 power play opportunities and they have scored 40 goals during those advantages, giving them a rate of 23.39%.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Alexandar Georgiev. Georgiev has participated in 167 contests throughout his professional hockey career. He has amassed an overall record of 80-60-15 and he was named the starter in 155 games. The opposition has notched 444 goals versus Georgiev in his career and his goals against average is 2.87. Georgiev has seen 4,986 shots taken against him and has recorded 4,542 total saves. He has a save percentage of .911 during his 9,277 mins on the ice. Over the course of his career, Georgiev has tallied 84 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .542.
When they were on the ice last, St. Louis played the Devils in a matchup where the Blues took home the victory by a score of 4-2. They had 3 power play attempts in this one and scored 1 out of those chances. The Blues scored 4 goals out of the 35 shots on goal they tried.
The Blues have tallied 134 goals at even strength and 35 goals (19th in pro hockey) while on the power play. St. Louis has taken 1,567 shots (28th in hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 10.78%, while allowing their opponents 1,728 shots. During this campaign, the St. Louis Blues have 169 goals, 55 points, in addition to a points percentage of .509. They have permitted 193 goals to be scored by of a combination of 161 goals at even strength and 32 goals while they were shorthanded. They have earned 154 power play chances and they have a power play percentage of 22.73%. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 75.94% on their opponents 133 tries on the power play, and their save percentage is currently 88.8%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Jordan Binnington defending the net. Binnington has earned a career mark of 111-64-23 and has played in 204 games. Binnington's quality start percentage is 52.0% and he has qualified for 104 quality starts in his NHL career. He has accrued 5,269 stops out of 5,806 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save % of .908. His opposition is averaging 2.72 goals per game and he has relinquished 537 goals altogether. He has started in 200 games and has played for a total of 11,849 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take St. Louis (+138)
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