Columbus Blue Jackets vs Arizona Coyotes NHL Picks & Predictions 11/7/2019
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Gila River Arena
Joonas Korpisalo and the Columbus Blue Jackets (5-7-3, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) go to Gila River Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Arizona Coyotes (9-4-2, 3rd in the Pacific Division). The moneyline on this matchup has the Blue Jackets coming in at +144 and the Coyotes are at -160. The O/U opens at 5.5. The Blue Jackets are covering 33.3% of the time, having gone 5-10 SU. Arizona is covering 57.1% of the time, going 8-6 straight up.
The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this matchup holding a record of 5 victories and 7 losses, which puts them at 6th in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 35 goals which has them sitting at 15th in the East and 29th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -17, which puts them at 28th in the NHL. The Blue Jackets have earned a total of 13 pts, which has them sitting at 23rd in the NHL and 12th in the Eastern Conference. With reference to shots at the opposing goalie, they have earned a total of 497 which has them sitting at 4th in the Eastern Conference and 10th in the NHL. As a unit, Columbus has compiled a total of 227 hits which has them averaging 15.1 per contest. They have earned a total of 183 blocks for the year. The goalie for Columbus is Joonas Korpisalo from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is 25 years old and has played a total of 688 mins defending the goal this year. Korpisalo is giving up 3.14 goals against average which ranks him 17th in the Eastern Conference and 31st among goaltenders in the NHL. During this year, he has surrendered 36 goals. He's earned a save % of .892 which ranks him 19th in the Eastern Conference.
The Columbus Blue Jackets had a rough game after their 2 - 1 defeat to the Vegas Golden Knights in their previous contest. The Blue Jackets offense left a lot to be desired in this defeat. While out there on the ice, they finished 1 of the 30 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 4 power play chances but didn't net one. Columbus ended up with a total of 6 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets sat at 34 and the Corsi against was 34 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 26 while the Fenwick against was 24, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 52.0%. They took 21 face-off wins and were beaten on 16 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 53.6% and they had a PDO of 98.4 for this matchup. Concerning opponent stats, the Vegas Golden Knights racked up a total of 25 shots. They finished with 8 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 3 power play opportunities.
The Coyotes will be looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 9 victories and 4 losses. Regarding goal differential, they sit 3rd in the West and 7th in the league with +9. They have compiled a total of 43 goals for the season which puts them at 9th in the West. Arizona has a save percentage as a team of .927 which currently has them ranked 2nd in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They are shooting 9.2% putting them at 7th in the conference. In net for Arizona is Darcy Kuemper who is playing well this campaign by surrendering only 1.69 goals per contest and that has him ranked 1st among West goaltenders and 1st in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 602 mins he has played this season, he's allowed 17 goals. His save % is .940, which places him at 1st among West goaltenders and 1st in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Arizona Coyotes went up against the Calgary Flames in a game where the Coyotes went home in defeat by a score of 4 - 3. In this game, Arizona went home with a 37.8% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 31 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 51. Their Fenwick percentage was 36.5% by earning a Fenwick of 23 and the Flames finishing with a 40 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Arizona played and it tells us they had an average game overall. Their PDO was 108.0 and they earned an oZS percentage of 41.1%. The Coyotes converted 3 goals of the 37 shots on goal they took. They had 5 power play opportunities in this outing but didn't score a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Flames had 6 power play opportunities and went on to score 2 goals. Arizona conceded 43 shots on goal and the Flames racked up 10 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Columbus (+144)
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