Montreal Canadiens vs Columbus Blue Jackets Expert NHL Picks 11/19/2019
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (-110) Blue Jackets (+100)
Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (11-5-4, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) head to Nationwide Arena on Tuesday where they'll take on the Columbus Blue Jackets (7-8-4, 8th in the Metropolitan Division). The Blue Jackets open this game at +100 while the Canadiens are coming in at -110. The total has been set at 6. The Canadiens are covering 50.0% of the time, having gone 9-9 SU. Columbus is covering 36.8% of the time, going 7-12 straight up.
The Montreal Canadiens head into this game with a record of 11 victories and 5 defeats, putting them at 2nd in the Atlantic Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 70 goals which has them sitting at 5th in the East and 6th in the league. Their goal differential is +9, putting them at 8th in the league. The Canadiens have a total of 26 pts, which has them sitting at 6th in the league and 4th in the conference. In terms of shots toward the net, they have a total of 677 which has them sitting at 5th in the East and 10th in the league. As a team, Montreal has racked up a total of 394 hits which has them averaging 19.7 per contest. They have a total of 214 blocks for this year. Protecting the net for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 32 years old and has played 965 mins in goal for the year. Price is conceding an average of 2.61 GAA which has him ranked 7th in the Eastern Conference and 17th in the NHL among goalies. During this year, he has surrendered 42 goals. He's earned a save % of .917 which has him ranked 5th in the Eastern Conference.
The Montreal Canadiens will need a bounce back game after taking a 4 - 3 loss to the New Jersey Devils the last time they stepped on the ice. The Canadiens were neither impressive or disappointing offensively in the defeat. In this matchup, they netted 3 out of the 34 shots they attempted. They also had 5 power play opportunities and were able to net 1 goal out of those chances. Montreal ended up with 14 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Canadiens was 46 and the Corsi against was 46 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their Fenwick was 30 while the Fenwick against was 41, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 42.3%. They earned 29 face-off wins and were beaten on 26 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 45.0% and they had a PDO of 104.2 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the New Jersey Devils racked up a total of 43 shots. They had a total of 12 penalty mins and they tallied 6 power play opportunities.
The Blue Jackets are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 7 victories and 8 defeats. When it comes to goal differential, they are ranked 14th in the conference and 28th in the league with -17. They have compiled a total of 45 goals for the season which puts them at 16th in the conference. Columbus has a save % as a team of .893 which has them sitting 24th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 7.0% putting them at 16th in the conference. In net for Columbus is Joonas Korpisalo who is having a rough year by giving up 3.04 goals against average and that has him 16th in the Eastern Conference and 32nd in the NHL. In the 869 mins he has played this year, he's given up 44 goals. He's earned a save % of .897, which has him ranked 20th in the Eastern Conference and 36th in the NHL.
The Columbus Blue Jackets went up against the St. Louis Blues in a game where the Blue Jackets got the win by a mark of 3 - 2. For this matchup, Columbus had a 50.0% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 41 while the opposition had a Corsi of 41. Their Fenwick percentage was 54.2% by notching a Fenwick of 32 and the Blues having earned a 27 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Columbus played and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. Their PDO at even strength was 102.1 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 48.8%. The Blue Jackets converted 3 goals of the 39 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play chances in this game and were able to notch 1 out of those attempts. Concerning the opposition, the Blues had 3 power play opportunities and were able to tally 1 goal. Columbus gave up 27 shots on goal and the Blues racked up a total of 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Columbus (+100)
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