Edmonton Oilers vs Columbus Blue Jackets Expert NHL Picks 10/30/2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Joonas Korpisalo and the Columbus Blue Jackets (5-4-2, 5th in the Metropolitan Division) host the Edmonton Oilers (8-3-1, 1st in the Pacific Division) at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. The line on this game has the Oilers coming in at +118 and the Blue Jackets are at -130. The O/U opens at 6. The Oilers are covering 63.6% of the time, having gone 7-4 SU. The Blue Jackets are covering 45.5% of the time, going 5-6 straight up.
The Edmonton Oilers step onto the ice with a record of 8 victories and 3 losses, ranking them 1st in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 36 goals which has them ranked at 6th in the Western Conference and 14th in the league. Their goal differential is +4, ranking them 14th in the league. The Oilers currently have a total of 17 pts, which has them ranked at 5th in the league and 2nd in the West. When discussing shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 335 which has them ranked at 13th in the conference and 25th in the league. As a unit, Edmonton has obtained a total of 193 hits which has them averaging 16.1 per game. They currently have a total of 149 blocks for this season. The man looking after the net for Edmonton is Mike Smith from Kingston, Ontario. He is 37 years old and has played a total of 386 mins defending the net for the season. Smith is giving up 2.49 goals against average which has him sitting 9th among Western Conference goalies and 14th among goaltenders in the NHL. During this year, he has surrendered 16 goals. He's earned a save % of .914 which has him sitting 12th among Western Conference goalies.
The Edmonton Oilers will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 6 - 2 defeat against the Florida Panthers the last time they stepped on the ice. The Oilers left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the defeat. For this game, they scored on 2 out of the 26 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 3 power play opportunities and were able to notch 1 goal out of those chances. Edmonton earned 2 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Oilers sat at 41 and the Corsi against at even strength was 41 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 30 and the Fenwick against sat at 30, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 50.0%. They won 21 face-off wins and were beaten on 22 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 53.6% and they had a PDO of 80.2 for this matchup. Concerning opponent stats, the Florida Panthers racked up 29 shots. They finished with a total of 6 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 1 power play chance.
The Blue Jackets will be the team across the ice and for the season they sit with 5 wins and 4 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are currently ranked 14th in the East and 25th in the NHL with -9. They have a total of 30 goals for this season which ranks them 12th in the Eastern Conference. Columbus has a save % as a team of .886 which currently has them ranked 28th in the NHL, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a shooting percentage of 8.1% ranking them 15th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Columbus is Joonas Korpisalo who is having a tough season by giving up 3.08 goals per contest and that has him 15th in the East and 30th among goalies in the NHL. In the 545 minutes he has been on the ice this season, he's allowed 28 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .896, which has him sitting 19th in the East and 34th among goalies in the NHL.
The Columbus Blue Jackets played the Philadelphia Flyers in a game where the Blue Jackets ended up taking the loss by a final of 7 - 4. For this game, Columbus wound up with a 36.8% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 28 and the other team having a Corsi of 48. Their Fenwick rate was 38.6% by notching a Fenwick of 22 and the Flyers having earned a 35 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Columbus played and they put on a good performance in this one. They had a PDO of 107.3 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 43.6%. The Blue Jackets netted 4 goals of the 26 shots on goal they tried. They had 5 power play opportunities in this game but weren't able to score a goal. As for their opponent, the Flyers had 4 power play attempts and were able to tally 2 goals. Columbus gave up 46 shots on goal and the Flyers had a total of 12 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Columbus (-130)
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