Arizona Coyotes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 12/3/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Arizona Coyotes vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Coyotes (+102) Blue Jackets (-113)
Nationwide Arena is the venue where Joonas Korpisalo and the Columbus Blue Jackets (11-11-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) will play the Arizona Coyotes (15-9-4, 2nd in the Pacific Division) on Tuesday. The Blue Jackets open this contest at -113 while the Coyotes are priced at +102. The over/under is set at 5.5. The Coyotes cover 45.8% of the time, having gone 11-13 SU. The Blue Jackets cover 42.3% of the time, going 11-15 straight up.
The Arizona Coyotes head into this game holding a record of 15 victories and 9 defeats, which puts them at 2nd in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 74 goals which is good for 12th in the conference and 23rd in the league. Their goal differential is +9, which puts them at 9th in the league. The Coyotes have earned a total of 34 pts, which is good for 8th in the league and 4th in the West. Regarding shots at the opposing goalie, they have earned a total of 839 which is good for 8th in the conference and 19th in the league. As a unit, Arizona has earned a total of 412 hits which has them averaging 14.7 per contest. They have earned a total of 320 blocks for this year. In goal for Arizona is Darcy Kuemper from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is 29 years old and has totaled 1,098 minutes defending the net for the season. Kuemper is surrendering an average of 1.97 goals against average which places him at 1st among West goalies and 1st in the NHL. So far this season, he has surrendered 36 goals. He has a save % of .935 which places him at 1st among West goalies.
The Arizona Coyotes will look for better times on the ice after their 4 - 2 defeat against the San Jose Sharks their last time out. The Coyotes could have played much better offensively in the loss. In this game, they converted 2 out of the 23 shots they looked to score on. They also had 3 power play chances but weren't able to net one. Arizona had a total of 2 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Coyotes was 32 and the Corsi against was 37 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 46.4%. Their Fenwick was 26 while the Fenwick against sat at 30, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 46.4%. They took 16 face-off wins at even strength and lost 17 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 47.6% and they had a PDO of 96.7 for this matchup. When it comes to their opponent, the San Jose Sharks earned 30 shots. They had 6 minutes in the box and they earned 1 power play opportunity.
The Blue Jackets will be looking to add points to their total and for the year they have 11 wins and 11 defeats. In the matter of goal differential, they are sitting 13th in the conference and 26th in the league with -13. They have a total of 66 goals for the year which is 14th in the Eastern Conference. Columbus has a team save % of .898 which has them sitting 23rd in the league, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They are shooting 7.7% ranking them 15th in the East. In goal for Columbus is Joonas Korpisalo who is having an average year by allowing 2.83 goals per contest and that has him 9th in the East and 22nd in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,166 minutes he has played, he has allowed 55 goals. His save percentage is .902, which ranks him 17th in the East and 34th in the NHL among goalies.
The Columbus Blue Jackets played the New York Islanders in a game where the Blue Jackets ended up taking the loss by a mark of 2 - 0. For this game, Columbus had a 57.1% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 52 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 39. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 55.7% by notching a Fenwick of 39 and the Islanders having earned a 31 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Columbus played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their PDO at even strength was 91.3 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 53.3%. The Blue Jackets notched 0 goals of the 39 shots on goal they tried. They had 1 power play attempt in this game but weren't able to notch a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Islanders had 1 power play opportunity but didn't put the puck in goal. Columbus allowed 27 shots on goal and the Islanders had a total of 2 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Columbus (-113)
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