Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets Expert NHL Picks Against the Spread 11/29/2019
Game: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Friday, November 29, 2019
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Penguins (-123) Blue Jackets (+111)
Joonas Korpisalo and the Columbus Blue Jackets (10-10-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) play the Pittsburgh Penguins (14-7-4, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) at Nationwide Arena on Friday, November 29, 2019. The Blue Jackets open this contest at +111 while the Penguins are coming in at -123. The total opens at 6. The Penguins are covering 54.2% of the time, having gone 13-11 SU. The Blue Jackets are covering 41.7% of the time, going 10-14 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins head into this game holding a record of 14 victories and 7 defeats, which is good for 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 88 goals which has them sitting at 4th in the East and 4th in the league. Their goal differential is +20, which is good for 2nd in the league. The Penguins have compiled a total of 32 points, which has them sitting at 7th in the league and 4th in the East. In terms of shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 871 which has them sitting at 2nd in the East and 4th in the league. As a unit, Pittsburgh has obtained a total of 571 hits which has them averaging 22.8 per game. They have compiled a total of 242 blocks for the year. The goalie for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray from Surrey, British Columbia. He is 25 years old and has played 1,102 minutes defending the net for the season. Murray is giving up 2.72 goals per game which has him placed 10th among East goalies and 20th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he's allowed 50 goals. His save % is .901 which has him placed 16th among East goalies.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 8 - 6 victory against the Vancouver Canucks in their previous contest. The Penguins had a good offensive output in the win. In this game, they converted 8 of the 40 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 4 power play opportunities and were able to notch 2 goals out of those chances. Pittsburgh ended up with 6 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Penguins was 55 and the Corsi against was 27 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 67.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 38 while the Fenwick against was 22, which earned them a rate of 63.3%. They earned 29 face-off wins at even strength and lost 23 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 46.4% and they had a PDO of 90.2 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Vancouver Canucks earned 22 shots. They finished with 10 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 2 power play chances.
The Blue Jackets are the team on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 10 wins and 10 defeats. In discussing goal differential, they sit 14th in the Eastern Conference and 26th in the NHL with -14. They currently have a total of 61 goals for the season which ranks 14th in the conference. Columbus has a team save % of .895 which has them ranked 23rd in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 7.7% which is good for 15th in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Columbus is Joonas Korpisalo who is having an average season by allowing 2.88 goals against average and that has him ranked 12th among Eastern Conference goalies and 28th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,106 mins he's been on the ice, he's given up 53 goals. He has a save % of .901, which has him ranked 17th among Eastern Conference goalies and 34th in the NHL among goalies.
The Columbus Blue Jackets squared up with the Philadelphia Flyers in an outing where the Blue Jackets ended up taking the loss by a final of 3 - 2. For this outing, Columbus went home with a 55.0% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 33 while the opposition had a Corsi of 27. Their Fenwick percentage was 61.4% by notching a Fenwick of 27 and the Flyers having a 17 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Columbus played and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. Their PDO at even strength was 91.8 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 40.7%. The Blue Jackets converted 2 goals of the 30 shots on goal they pursued. They had 1 power play attempt in this game but weren't able to notch a goal. On the other side of the ice, the Flyers had 5 power play chances and came through by scoring 1 goal. Columbus conceded 22 shots on goal and the Flyers racked up a total of 2 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-123)
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