Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Detroit Red Wings - 12/17/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Detroit Red Wings
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (-113) Red Wings (+102)
Joonas Korpisalo and the Columbus Blue Jackets (12-14-6, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) are headed to Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday where they'll meet the Detroit Red Wings (9-23-3, 8th in the Atlantic Division). The Red Wings open this game at +102 while the Blue Jackets are coming in at -113. The O/U opens at 6. The Blue Jackets are covering 37.5% of the time, having gone 12-20 SU. The Red Wings are covering 25.7% of the time, going 9-26 straight up.
The Columbus Blue Jackets head into this game holding a record of 12 wins and 14 losses, ranking them 7th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 79 goals which has them sitting at 14th in the Eastern Conference and 29th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -18, ranking them 27th in the NHL. The Blue Jackets have a total of 30 pts, which has them sitting at 29th in the NHL and 14th in the Eastern Conference. In terms of shots on goal, they have a total of 1,073 which has them sitting at 7th in the conference and 12th in the NHL. As a group, Columbus has earned a total of 630 hits which means they are averaging 19.7 per contest. They have a total of 427 blocks for the season. Protecting the goal for Columbus is Joonas Korpisalo from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is 25 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,448 minutes defending the goal for the season. Korpisalo is giving up 2.73 goals against average which has him sitting 14th in the Eastern Conference and 24th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he's given up 66 goals. He has a save % of .906 which has him sitting 19th in the Eastern Conference.
The Columbus Blue Jackets were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 loss against the Ottawa Senators in their previous contest. The Blue Jackets had an average offensive outing in the loss. In this matchup, they earned a goal on 3 of the 41 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 4 power play chances but weren't able to score. Columbus had 11 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets sat at 59 and the Corsi against was 48 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 55.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 50 while the Fenwick against was 34, which means they earned a rate of 59.5%. They earned 22 face-off wins and were beaten on 30 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 55.4% and they had a PDO of 95.6 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Ottawa Senators earned a total of 27 shots. They finished with a total of 13 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 3 power play attempts.
The Red Wings will be the team across the ice and for the campaign they sit with 9 victories and 23 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they are currently sitting 16th in the East and 31st in the league with -59. They currently have a total of 76 goals for this year which has them ranked at 15th in the Eastern Conference. Detroit has a save percentage as a team of .881 which has them sitting 31st in the league, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 7.6% which puts them at 14th in the East. In net for Detroit is Jonathan Bernier who is having a bad campaign by giving up 3.22 goals against average and that has him ranked 27th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 55th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,175 minutes he's played this season, he has given up 63 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .897, which puts him at 28th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 52nd among goalies in the NHL.
The Detroit Red Wings faced the Los Angeles Kings in an outing where the Red Wings ended up losing by a final score of 4 - 2. In their game, Detroit wound up with a 41.3% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 33 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 47. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 41.0% with a Fenwick of 25 and the Kings earning a 36 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Detroit played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. Their PDO at even strength was 95.2 and their percentage of oZS was 50.0%. The Red Wings converted 2 goals of the 24 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play chances in this game but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Kings had 3 power play attempts but were not able to score a goal. Detroit allowed 32 shots on goal and the Kings ended up with a total of 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Columbus (-113)
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