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SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS
Vegas has the O/U for the Blues set at 96.5 points this season while our projections have them outscoring that at 103 points. They were the worst team in the league during the first half last season, if they can stay at the league average to start the season they should hit this over. A year under Jordan Binnington's belt can only help. Their odds to win it all are 12/1, 7.7% (#6). They win the championship in 8.1% of simulations which makes them a good betting value. They are also a good bet to win the West at 9/2, 18.2%. Their sim chance is 19.1%. They are projected to finish with 103 points and go over their pre-season futures line of 96.5. They are basically a lock to make the playoffs, but they do not have a great chance of winning their division (20.2%). Their average wins per simulation puts them at #4 in the West.
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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES
Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 3.3-2.7. They are coming up short of expectations at 3-1-2. Money line backers would be down 57 units. They are 2-4 on puck line bets for a -225 loss. Their under-over record is 4-2. They were expected to win 52% of their games last season so their 45-28-9 met expectations. In terms of money line profit, they were one of the best teams at +382. They were not good on puck lines going 40-42 (-777 loss). More of their games came in under (44) than went over (34). They are heavy favorites in their upcoming game vs the Vancouver Canucks. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).
TEAM STATISTICAL STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
Their record is better than it should be. Their average goal differential is -0.17 which ranks #17 in the league, but their rank based on points (per game) is #8. They are the #14 ranked team in goal differential (based on all teams' road stats) and the #15 ranked team among home teams. Their average goal differential in their past 5 games is 0 which ranks them #15 over this stretch, slightly better than the season overall.
OFFENSIVE STATS PER GAME (League Rank):
DEFENSIVE STATS PER GAME (Lower # is Better):
TEAM FANTASY LEADERS
The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by Jordan Binnington who is projected to be the #2 Goalie the rest of the season. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.
|34||Allen, Jake||G||6-2||203||08/07/1990||No College|
|49||Barbashev, Ivan||LW||6-0||187||12/14/1995||No College|
|50||Binnington, Jordan||G||6-1||174||07/11/1993||No College|
|9||Blais, Sammy||LW||6-2||205||06/17/1996||No College|
|41||Bortuzzo, Robert||D||6-4||216||03/18/1989||No College|
|19||Bouwmeester, Jay||D||6-4||206||09/27/1983||No College|
|21||Bozak, Tyler||C||6-1||199||03/19/1986||No College|
|29||Dunn, Vince||D||6-0||203||10/29/1996||No College|
|15||Fabbri, Robby||LW||5-10||190||01/22/1996||No College|
|72||Faulk, Justin||D||6-0||217||03/20/1992||No College|
|4||Gunnarsson, Carl||D||6-2||198||11/09/1986||No College|
|28||MacEachern, MacKenzie||LW||6-2||190||03/09/1994||No College|
|90||O'Reilly, Ryan||C||6-1||216||02/07/1991||No College|
|55||Parayko, Colton||D||6-6||230||05/12/1993||No College|
|57||Perron, David||RW||6-0||200||05/28/1988||No College|
|27||Pietrangelo, Alex||D||6-3||210||01/18/1990||No College|
|12||Sanford, Zach||LW||6-4||207||11/09/1994||No College|
|10||Schenn, Brayden||C||6-1||200||08/22/1991||No College|
|17||Schwartz, Jaden||LW||5-10||190||06/25/1992||No College|
|20||Steen, Alexander||RW||6-0||211||03/01/1984||No College|
|70||Sundqvist, Oskar||C||6-3||209||03/23/1994||No College|
|91||Tarasenko, Vladimir||RW||6-0||225||12/13/1991||No College|
|18||Thomas, Robert||RW||6-0||188||07/02/1999||No College|