Calgary Flames vs Columbus Blue Jackets Expert NHL Picks Against the Spread 11/2/2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019
David Rittich and the Calgary Flames (7-6-2, 5th in the Pacific Division) head to Nationwide Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Columbus Blue Jackets (5-5-2, 5th in the Metropolitan Division). The line on this contest has the Flames priced at -116 and the Blue Jackets are at +105. The total opens at 6. The Flames are covering 38.5% of the time, having gone 5-8 SU. The Blue Jackets are covering 41.7% of the time, going 5-7 straight up.
The Calgary Flames come into this matchup holding a record of 7 victories and 6 losses, which is good for 5th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 41 goals which ranks them 5th in the conference and 13th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -5, which is good for 21st in the NHL. The Flames currently have a total of 16 pts, which ranks them 16th in the NHL and 8th in the Western Conference. In connection with shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 458 which ranks them 3rd in the West and 3rd in the NHL. As a unit, Calgary currently has a total of 163 hits which means they have an average of 10.9 per game. They currently have a total of 141 blocks for this year. The man in net for Calgary is David Rittich from Jihlava, Czechoslovakia. He is 27 years old and has played a total of 715 mins protecting the net this season. Rittich is conceding an average of 3.02 goals per contest which puts him at 15th among West goaltenders and 28th in the NHL among goaltenders. For the year, he's given up 36 goals. He's earned a save % of .906 which puts him at 14th among West goaltenders.
The Calgary Flames had a good night with a 6 - 5 victory over the Nashville Predators in their previous contest. The Flames had a solid offensive output in the win. While out there on the ice, they finished 6 of the 27 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to score. Calgary earned a total of 6 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Flames was 47 and the Corsi against was 36 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 56.6%. Their Fenwick was 32 and the Fenwick against sat at 31, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 50.8%. They won 24 face-off wins and were beaten on 22 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 62.6% and they had a PDO at even strength of 114.5 for this game. Regarding their opponent, the Nashville Predators earned a total of 36 shots. They finished with 6 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 3 power play opportunities.
The Blue Jackets are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 5 wins and 5 losses. Regarding goal differential, they sit 14th in the East and 26th in the NHL with -12. They have a total of 31 goals for the year which ranks them 13th in the conference. Columbus has a team save % of .885 which has them 27th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They are shooting 7.9% ranking them 15th in the East. In net for Columbus is Joonas Korpisalo who is having a tough season by surrendering 3.37 goals per contest and that ranks him 19th in the East and 35th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 570 mins he's played this year, he has surrendered 32 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .886, which has him ranked 20th in the East and 38th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Columbus Blue Jackets faced the Edmonton Oilers in a game where the Blue Jackets ended up taking the loss by a mark of 4 - 1. For this matchup, Columbus earned a 32.8% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 22 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 45. Their Fenwick percentage was 31.9% by earning a Fenwick of 15 and the Oilers having a 32 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Columbus had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. They had a PDO of 87.0 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 46.2%. The Blue Jackets netted 1 goal out of the 24 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play attempts in this outing and were able to net 1 out of those attempts. Concerning their opponent, the Oilers had 5 power play opportunities and went on to score 1 goal. Columbus gave up 31 shots on goal and the Oilers earned a total of 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Calgary (-116)
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