St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings Prediction, 11/18/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports West
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (+160) Kings (-200)
Crypto.com Arena is the site where the Los Angeles Kings (9-3-3) will try to defeat the St. Louis Blues (8-6-1) on Saturday. The odds on this game have St. Louis at +160 and Los Angeles is opening at -200. The over/under is set at 7.
The St. Louis Blues will need a bounce back game after taking a 5-1 defeat to the Sharks in their previous outing. The Blues could have played much better offensively in this defeat. For the game, they tallied a score on 1 of the 45 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 4 power play tries but didn't get a goal. St. Louis recorded 2 minutes in the box in this outing.
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St. Louis Blues opponents have 39 power play tries (32nd in the NHL) and have come away with 9 goals in those chances. The Blues have had 487 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .918. St. Louis has attempted 442 shots and has a shooting percentage of 9.5%. At even strength, the Blues have surrendered 31 goals while getting 39 when they are on offense. St. Louis comes into the game with 43 power play chances and they have tallied 3 goals during those advantages, earning them a rate of 6.98%. For the season, the have a total of 17 points and their points % is .567. Regarding their scoring capabilities, the St. Louis Blues have earned 42 goals (28th in hockey) on the year and have given up 40.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Jordan Binnington. Opponents have notched 624 goals versus Binnington in his professional career and his goals against average per contest is 2.75. Binnington has participated in 234 games over the course of his NHL career. He has a save percentage of .907 during his 13,590 mins between the pipes. He has an overall mark of 122-77-27 and got the start in 228 games. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Binnington has accumulated 118 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .518. Binnington has had 6,744 shot attempts against him and has accrued 6,120 saves.
In their last game, Los Angeles squared up with the Panthers in a game where the Kings notched a win by a final of 2-1. They had 2 opportunities on the power play in this contest and recorded 1 out of those chances. The Kings recorded 2 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they attempted.
This season, the Los Angeles Kings have accumulated 58 goals, 21 points, as well as a points percentage of .700. They have allowed 41 goals to be scored by way of 35 goals at even strength and 6 goals while they were shorthanded. The Kings have accumulated 46 goals at even strength and 12 goals (15th in pro hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have recorded 61 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play rate of 19.67%. Los Angeles has taken 493 shots (17th in the league) and has a shot percentage of 11.76%, while allowing the opposition 416 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 88.46% on their opponents 52 power play chances, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.1%.
For the opposition you are likely to see Cam Talbot in net. Talbot is sitting with a career mark of 226-159-37 and has participated in 444 contests. Talbot's quality start rate comes out to 54.5% and he has made 231 quality starts in his pro hockey career. He has racked up 11,835 saves out of the 12,950 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save percentage of .914. His opponents are averaging 2.64 goals per contest and he has allowed 1,115 goals in total. He got the starting nod in 424 games and has been on the ice for 25,378 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-200)
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