New York Islanders at St. Louis Blues - 4/9/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at St. Louis Blues - 4/9/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues (40-20-10) vs New York Islanders (32-28-9)

Game Info: Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Enterprise Center)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Blues -150 / New York Islanders +115 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The New York Islanders come into this road contest with an overall record of 32-28-9. Through 69 games, the Islanders are 5th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 192 times, good for a rank of 25th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York Islanders is the 4th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.65 goals per game. So far, the Islanders have a strength of schedule rating of 31st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 19th ranked team in the NHL.

The St. Louis Blues get set to host the New York Islanders Islanders with an overall record of 40-20-10. This mark places them 3rd in the Central division. Through 70 games, the Blues have scored 254 goals, giving them an average of 3.6. This output gives them a rank of 4th among NHL teams. On defense, St. Louis is the 9th ranked unit, giving up 2.86 goals per contest. So far, the Blues have played the 27th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account St. Louis's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 6th in the NHL.

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Through 60 games, the New York Islanders goal and overall scoring leader is Brock Nelson with 50 points. He has reached his mark of 33 goals, on a shooting percentage of 23.1%. So far, 27.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mathew Barzal, who has 34 assists to go along with his 14 goals. 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 2.3 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has turned in 31 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 70 games, St. Louis' leading goal scorer is Vladimir Tarasenko. With his 25 goals and 36 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 61. On the season, he is turning 12.6% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Blues have benefited from the strong play of Jordan Kyrou, who is the team's overall leader in points. In St. Louis's 70 games, he has come up with 23 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.4%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +9.0. St. Louis's top goalie is Ville Husso, who is giving up an average of 2.36 goals per game. In his 34 games played, he has turned in 20 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Islanders have an over-under record of 32-35-1. However, when playing on the road, the over has fared better, going 19-15. On the season, 48.0% of New York's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 49.0% of the scoring coming from the Islanders. In St. Louis's 70 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 36-33-1. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing at home, going just 17-18-1. On the season, 59.0% of St. Louis's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Blues. With a line set at just 5.5 goals, look for the Blues' offense to carry this game over the betting line.

 

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