St. Louis Blues at Arizona Coyotes - 4/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

St. Louis Blues at Arizona Coyotes - 4/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Coyotes (22-49-6) vs St. Louis Blues (47-20-11)

Game Info: Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Gila River Arena)

Betting Odds: Arizona Coyotes +305 / St. Louis Blues -365 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Arizona Coyotes host the St. Louis Blues in Saturday NHL Action.

The St. Louis Blues come into this road contest with an overall record of 47-20-11. Through 78 games, the Blues are 2nd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 293 times, good for a rank of 4th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, St. Louis is the 10th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.82 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 4th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Arizona Coyotes get set to host the St. Louis Blues with an overall record of 22-49-6. This mark places them 8th in the Central division. Through 77 games, the Coyotes have scored 189 goals, giving them an average of 2.44. This output gives them a rank of 32nd among NHL teams. On defense, Arizona is the 30th ranked unit, giving up 3.79 goals per contest. So far, the Coyotes have played the 9th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Arizona's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 32nd in the NHL.

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Through 71 games, the St. Louis Blues goal and overall scoring leader is Vladimir Tarasenko with 79 points. He has reached his mark of 33 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.8%. So far, 15.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Robert Thomas, who has 55 assists to go along with his 20 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +19.0. St. Louis's top goalie is Ville Husso, who is giving up an average of 2.46 goals per game. In his 38 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 67 games, the Arizona Coyotes' goal and overall scoring leader is Clayton Keller, with 63 points. He has reached his mark of 28 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.8%. So far, 18.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Nick Schmaltz, who has 31 assists to go along with his 23 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +1.0. Arizona's top goalie is Karel Vejmelka, who is giving up an average of 3.67 goals per game. In his 49 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 44 percent of the time.

In St. Louis's 78 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 41-35-2. So far, taking the over when the Blues are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 21-16-1. On the season, 60.0% of St. Louis's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 56% of the scoring coming from the Blues. In Arizona's 77 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 37-35-5. So far, taking the over when the Coyotes are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 18-17-3. On the season, 57.0% of Arizona's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 40.0% of the scoring coming from the Coyotes. Look for this matchup to surpass 6 goals, as the Blues should have no problem putting up a big scoring night against a Coyotes goalie group ranked 30th in save percentage.

 

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