St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators - 4/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators - 4/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators (42-27-5) vs St. Louis Blues (44-20-10)

Game Info: Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 6:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

Betting Odds: Nashville Predators +105 / St. Louis Blues -133 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Nashville Predators host the St. Louis Blues in Sunday NHL Action.

The St. Louis Blues come into this road contest with an overall record of 44-20-10. Through 74 games, the Blues are 2nd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 274 times, good for a rank of 4th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, St. Louis is the 8th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.81 goals per game. So far, the Blues have a strength of schedule rating of 27th 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 Nashville Predators get set to host the St. Louis Blues with an overall record of 42-27-5. This mark places them 4th in the Central division. Through 74 games, the Predators have scored 237 goals, giving them an average of 3.18. This output gives them a rank of 14th among NHL teams.On defense, Nashville is the 11th ranked unit, giving up 2.86 goals per contest. So far, the Predators have played the 22nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Nashville's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 14th in the NHL.

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Through 67 games, the St. Louis Blues goal and overall scoring leader is Vladimir Tarasenko with 72 points. He has reached his mark of 31 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.4%. So far, 16.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Robert Thomas, who has 53 assists to go along with his 18 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +17.0. St. Louis's top goalie is Ville Husso, who is giving up an average of 2.37 goals per game. In his 36 games played, he has turned in 22 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Nashville Predators leader in points is Roman Josi. In Nashville's 74 games, he has come up with 19 goals and 68 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 7.4%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Filip Forsberg. Of his 38 goals, 18.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +20.0. Nashville's top goalie is Juuse Saros, who is giving up an average of 2.53 goals per game. In his 62 games played, he has turned in 42 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In St. Louis's 74 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 39-33-2. So far, taking the over when the Blues are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-15-1. On the season, 61.0% of St. Louis's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 56% of the scoring coming from the Blues. In Nashville's 74 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 42-32. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing at home, going just 15-21. On the season, 57.0% of Nashville's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Predators. Look for this game to finish below the line of 5.5 goals, as Nashville's defense should neutralize a potent Blues offense. On the other side, the Predators don't have the offensive firepower to take advantage of St. Louis' mediocre defense.

 

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