St. Louis Blues vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction, 1/7/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2023
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (-240) Canadiens (+195)
The Montreal Canadiens (15-21-3) will try to defeat the St. Louis Blues (19-17-3) at Bell Centre on Saturday. The moneyline on this game has St. Louis at -240 and Montreal is coming in at +195. The total comes in at 6.
The St. Louis Blues were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 5-3 victory over the Devils in their previous game. The Blues had a great offensive game plan going into this one and it showed in this victory. In the game, they converted 5 of the 19 shots they put on goal. They also had 2 power play attempts and were able to score 1 goal. St. Louis accrued 8 mins in the box for this contest.
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When it comes to their scoring, the St. Louis Blues have accumulated 122 goals (17th in the National Hockey League) for the year and have allowed 142. For the current campaign, they have recorded 41 points and their points % is .526. St. Louis is sitting with 109 power play chances and they have notched 26 goals during those chances, earning them a percentage of 23.85%. While playing at even strength, the Blues have conceded 115 goals while earning 96 of their own. St. Louis has tried 1,143 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 10.7%. The Blues have had 1,262 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .887. St. Louis Blues opponents have tallied 95 power play opportunities (32nd in the league) and have earned 27 goals in those chances.
The man protecting the net in this game is Jordan Binnington. Over the course of his pro career, Binnington is sitting with 99 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .527. His save percentage currently is .909 in his 11,171 minutes between the pipes. Binnington has seen 5,454 shot attempts taken against him and has garnered 4,955 total saves. Opponents have notched 499 goals versus Binnington in his pro career and his goals against rate is 2.68. He has accumulated an overall mark of 105-58-23 and he has gotten the start in 188 games. Binnington has participated in 192 contests over the course of his hockey career.
In their last game, Montreal faced off against the Rangers in an outing where the Canadiens went home in defeat by a final of 4-1. The Canadiens scored 1 goal out of the 18 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net.
Montreal has taken 1,094 shots (28th in professional hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 9.14%, while allowing the opposition 1,311 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 73.76% on their oppositions 141 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 88.7%. They have earned 122 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play rate of 14.75%. The Canadiens have tallied 82 goals at even strength and 18 goals (30th in the NHL) while having a power play advantage. They have granted a total of 148 goals to be scored by way of 111 goals at even strength and 37 goals while they were shorthanded. On the year, the Montreal Canadiens have earned 100 goals, 33 points, and a points percentage of .423.
For the opposition you are likely to see Jake Allen in goal. He has racked up 9,535 saves out of the 10,481 shots taken, which gives him a save % of .910. Allen holds a career record of 177-142-36 and has participated in 379 games. He has been a starter 359 games and his ice time sits at 21,317 minutes. Allen's quality start rate is 52.6% and he has made 189 quality starts in his NHL career. Opponents are averaging 2.66 goals per contest and he has given up 946 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Montreal (+195)
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