Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals - 12/9/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Washington Capitals
Date: Monday, December 9, 2019
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+193) Capitals (-215)
Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals (22-4-5, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) host the Columbus Blue Jackets (11-14-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) at Capital One Arena on Monday, December 9, 2019. The Blue Jackets open this contest at +193 while the Capitals are priced at -215. The over/under is set at 6. The Blue Jackets are covering 37.9% of the time, having gone 11-18 SU. The Capitals are covering 67.9% of the time, going 19-9 straight up.
The Columbus Blue Jackets head into this game holding a record of 11 victories and 14 losses, ranking them 7th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 71 goals which is 15th in the East and 30th in the league. Their goal differential is -19, ranking them 27th in the league. The Blue Jackets have earned a total of 26 points, which is 27th in the league and 13th in the East. In discussing shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 977 which is 5th in the East and 7th in the league. As a team, Columbus has compiled a total of 436 hits which means they have an average of 15 per contest. They have earned a total of 332 blocks for this season. The man looking after the goal for Columbus is Joonas Korpisalo from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is 25 years old and has played 1,284 minutes in net for the season. Korpisalo is allowing an average of 2.85 goals per game which has him ranking 12th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 25th among goaltenders in the NHL. During this year, he has surrendered 61 goals. His save % is .900 which has him ranking 20th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Columbus Blue Jackets had a rough game after their 4 - 1 defeat to the Florida Panthers in their last contest. The Blue Jackets had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this loss. For this matchup, they converted 1 of the 34 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to score. Columbus had a total of 13 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets sat at 48 and the Corsi against was 38 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 55.8%. Their Fenwick was 34 while the Fenwick against was 24, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 58.6%. They won 14 face-off wins at even strength and lost 21 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 63.9% and they had a PDO of 88.8 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the Florida Panthers tallied 27 shots. They had a total of 11 penalty minutes and they notched 4 power play attempts.
The Capitals will be looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they have 22 wins and 4 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they sit 2nd in the conference and 3rd in the league with +26. They currently have a total of 112 goals for the year which has them at 1st in the conference. Washington has a team save % of .910 which is good for 11th in the league, meaning there should be some opportunities to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 11.5% which is good for 2nd in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Washington is Braden Holtby who is having an average season by allowing 2.78 goals per contest and that ranks him 10th in the East and 23rd in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,294 minutes he has played this year, he has surrendered 60 goals. He's earned a save % of .910, which has him placed 10th in the East and 24th in the NHL among goalies.
The Washington Capitals squared up with the Anaheim Ducks in an outing where the Capitals earned a win by a score of 3 - 2. For this outing, Washington wound up with a 38.8% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 31 and the other team having a Corsi of 49. Their Fenwick percentage was 40.9% by way of having a Fenwick of 27 and the Ducks ending the game with a 39 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Washington had and it tells us they had an average game overall. They had a PDO of 98.0 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 37.2%. The Capitals notched 3 goals of the 36 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play attempts in this outing and scored 1 out of those chances. Concerning their opponent, the Ducks had 3 power play attempts but were not able to take advantage. Washington conceded 29 shots on goal and the Ducks had a total of 38 penalty minutes.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Washington (-215) and under the total goals
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