St. Louis Blues at New York Islanders - 3/5/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

St. Louis Blues at New York Islanders - 3/5/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (20-23-8) vs St. Louis Blues (32-15-6)

Game Info: Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 12:30 pm (UBS Arena)

Betting Odds: New York Islanders +107 / St. Louis Blues -132 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Islanders host the St. Louis Blues in Saturday NHL Action.

The St. Louis Blues come into this road contest with an overall record of 32-15-6. Through 53 games, the Blues are 2nd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 191 times, good for a rank of 5th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, St. Louis is the 4th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.72 goals per game. So far, the Blues have a strength of schedule rating of 25th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 5th ranked team in the NHL.

The New York Islanders get set to host the St. Louis Blues with an overall record of 20-23-8. This mark places them 6th in the Metropolitan division. Through 51 games, the Islanders have scored 131 goals, giving them an average of 2.55. This output gives them a rank of 31st among NHL teams. On defense, New York is the 4th ranked unit, giving up 2.76 goals per contest. So far, the Islanders have played the 30th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account New York's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 23rd in the NHL.

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Through 49 games, the St. Louis Blues goal and overall scoring leader is Jordan Kyrou with 50 points. He has reached his mark of 21 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.7%. So far, 19.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Pavel Buchnevich, who has 27 assists to go along with his 19 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +18.0. St. Louis's top goalie is Ville Husso, who is giving up an average of 2.13 goals per game. In his 21 games played, he has turned in 14 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 51 games, New York's leading goal scorer is Brock Nelson. With his 19 goals and 10 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 29. On the season, he is turning 19.0% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Islanders have benefited from the strong play of Mathew Barzal, who is the team's overall leader in points. In New York's 51 games, he has come up with 12 goals on a shooting percentage of 10.6%. However, when on the ice, the Islanders are -4 in scoring differential. New York's top goalie is Ilya Sorokin, who is giving up an average of 2.42 goals per game. In his 36 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In St. Louis's 53 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 30-19. So far, the Blues have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 13 of their 23 road games. On the season, the St. Louis Blues have a per-game scoring differential of 0.85. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.31 goals. Heading into their game with the New York Islanders, the Blues have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 22 goals, accounting for 65.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.57 goals per game 4 times. Look for the Blues to pick up a road win over the Islanders.

 

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