Columbus Blue Jackets vs Colorado Avalanche NHL Point Spread Picks 11/9/2019
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Joonas Korpisalo and the Columbus Blue Jackets (6-7-3, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) travel to Pepsi Center on Saturday where they'll take on the Colorado Avalanche (9-5-2, 2nd in the Central Division). The Blue Jackets open this matchup at +118 while the Avalanche are coming in at -130. The total opens at 6.5. The Blue Jackets cover 37.5% of the time, having gone 6-10 SU. Colorado is covering 56.3% of the time, going 9-7 straight up.
The Columbus Blue Jackets come into the game with a record of 6 wins and 7 losses, which puts them at 7th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 38 goals which ranks them 15th in the Eastern Conference and 29th in the league. Their goal differential is -16, which puts them at 28th in the league. The Blue Jackets currently have a total of 15 pts, which ranks them 22nd in the league and 11th in the Eastern Conference. When discussing shots on goal, they currently have a total of 530 which ranks them 5th in the conference and 9th in the league. As a group, Columbus has compiled a total of 245 hits which means they are averaging 15.3 per game. They currently have a total of 193 blocks for the season. The man looking after the goal for Columbus is Joonas Korpisalo from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is 25 years old and has totaled 747 minutes defending the net this year. Korpisalo is giving up 3.05 GAA which has him sitting 15th among East goalies and 30th in the NHL among goaltenders. During this year, he's given up 38 goals. He has a save percentage of .896 which has him sitting 18th among East goalies.
The Columbus Blue Jackets were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes the last time they stepped on the ice. The Blue Jackets had a middle of the road offensive outing in this win. In this outing, they netted 3 of the 33 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 4 power play opportunities and scored 1 goal out of those chances. Columbus ended up with 8 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets sat at 37 and the Corsi against was 41 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 47.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 28 and the Fenwick against was 31, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 47.5%. They earned 19 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 18 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 61.3% and they had a PDO of 99.3 for this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Arizona Coyotes earned a total of 32 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 10 penalty minutes and they had 3 power play opportunities.
The Avalanche will be looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 9 victories and 5 losses. With regard to goal differential, they rank 3rd in the Western Conference and 7th in the NHL with +11. They currently have a total of 58 goals for the year which has them at 2nd in the West. Colorado has a team save percentage of .911 which currently has them ranked 12th in the NHL, meaning chances to score may be limited. They are shooting 11.0% ranking them 3rd in the Western Conference. In net for is Pavel Francouz who is having a bad season by surrendering 2.98 GAA and that has him ranked 15th among West goaltenders and 28th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 302 mins he's been on the ice this year, he's given up 15 goals. He holds a save % of .906, which ranks him 16th among West goaltenders and 29th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Colorado Avalanche went up against the Nashville Predators in a game where the Avalanche took home the win by a score of 9 - 4. For this game, Colorado wound up with a 52.8% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 47 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 42. Their Fenwick rate came in at 54.8% with a Fenwick of 34 and the Predators having a 28 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Colorado played and they put on a good performance in this one. Their PDO at even strength was 101.7 and they had an oZS percentage of 41.3%. The Avalanche netted 9 goals of the 45 shots on goal they tried. They had 6 power play opportunities in this one and were able to notch 2 out of those attempts. As for the opposition, the Predators had 4 power play chances and came through by scoring 1 goal. Colorado conceded 24 shots on goal and the Predators had 12 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Columbus (+118)
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