St Louis Blues vs Detroit Red Wings Free Predictions
1/20/16 Wednesday, January 20th 2016
NHL Starting Goalies 1/20/16
- St Louis Blues -> Brian Elliott
Blues goalie Brian Elliott was hot Monday night, making 36 saves in a 5-2 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins in St. Louis. Elliott improved his record on the season to 9-5-4. His goals-against average is now .239 and his save percentage is 2.39.
Elliott is 4-5 with a 2.39 goals against average on the road, while vs the Red Wings in his career he is 3-8 with a 2.52 goals against average.
- Detroit Red Wings -> Petr Mrazek
Petr Mrazek will be between the pipes on Wednesday versus St. Louis. A 2-1 shootout loss to Philadelphia on Sunday snapped Mrazek’s five-game winning streak, but the Red Wings netminder stopped 30 of 31 shots in the match. He has been excellent this season, supporting a .931 save percentage and a 2.10 goals against average
Mazarek is 6-8 with a 2.20 goals against average at home, while vs the Blues in his career he has gone 3-0 with a 1.12 goals against average
St Louis vs Detroit Preview 1/20/16
St Louis ranks 19th overall in scoring, netting 2.5 goals per game and 8th in power play conversions, converting on 20.4% of their chances. On defense this has been a decent squad that is 11th in goals allowed, giving up 2.5 goals per game, while allowing teams to convert on just 14.2% of their power play chances, which ranks 3rd overall.
It might take a little more of an effort to beat Petr Mrazek, who will try to improve on a 5-0-1 span with a 1.31 goals against average and .957 save percentage in 2016.
There’s one aspect of hockey everyone overlooks. And that’s a hockey team sticking to a game plan regardless of how many goals they score. It does not take a team to win hockey games by netting 3+ goals a game. Especially with a game plan against the opposition who can not defend it.
Scoring just 1.9 goals per game in their last 10 games, they are still winning hockey games. For the year the Red Wings rank just 21st in scoring, potting 2.4 goals per game, and 18th in power play conversions at 17.7%.
Odds Provided by Bovada
Money Lines Odds:
- Detroit -110
- St Louis -110
- Over 5 (-105)
- Under 5 (-115)
St Louis Blues vs Detroit Red Wings Prediction Tonight 1/20/16
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