Vegas Golden Knights vs Columbus Blue Jackets Expert NHL Picks 11/5/2019
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (8-5-2, 4th in the Pacific Division) are headed to Nationwide Arena on Tuesday where they'll take on the Columbus Blue Jackets (5-6-3, 6th in the Metropolitan Division). The line on this matchup has the Golden Knights coming in at -137 and the Blue Jackets are at +124. The over/under opens at 6. The Golden Knights are covering 46.2% of the time, having gone 6-7 SU. Columbus is covering 35.7% of the time, going 5-9 straight up.
The Vegas Golden Knights head into this game holding a record of 8 victories and 5 defeats, which is good for 4th in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 47 goals which puts them at 5th in the Western Conference and 11th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +2, which is good for 16th in the NHL. The Golden Knights have a total of 18 points, which puts them at 13th in the NHL and 7th in the Western Conference. in respect to shots on goal, they have a total of 520 which puts them at 1st in the conference and 1st in the NHL. As a group, Vegas has earned a total of 325 hits which means they are averaging 21.7 per game. They have a total of 139 blocks for the year. The man in goal for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury from Sorel, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has played a total of 740 minutes protecting the net this season. Fleury is allowing an average of 2.51 goals per game which puts him at 8th among Western Conference goalies and 15th in the NHL. So far this season, he has surrendered 31 goals. His save % is .920 which puts him at 8th among Western Conference goalies.
The Vegas Golden Knights were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 defeat against the Winnipeg Jets in their last contest. The Golden Knights offense didn't overly impress in this loss. In this matchup, they earned a goal on 3 out of the 26 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 3 power play attempts and were able to notch 1 goal out of those chances. Vegas ended up with a total of 13 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Golden Knights sat at 37 and the Corsi against was 46 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 44.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 31 while the Fenwick against was 31, which earned them a rate of 50.0%. They earned 39 face-off wins and were beaten on 17 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 34.2% and they had a PDO of 99.6 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Winnipeg Jets racked up 39 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 11 penalty mins and they tallied 4 power play chances.
The Blue Jackets will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 5 victories and 6 defeats. When it comes to goal differential, they are currently sitting 15th in the East and 27th in the league with -16. They have compiled a total of 34 goals for this year which has them at 14th in the Eastern Conference. Columbus has a team save % of .883 which has them ranked 27th in the league, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 7.3% ranking them 15th in the East. In net for Columbus is Joonas Korpisalo who is having a tough year by allowing 3.24 GAA and that has him ranked 17th among East goaltenders and 32nd among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 629 minutes he has been on the ice this season, he's allowed 34 goals. He's earned a save % of .890, which ranks him 21st among East goaltenders and 36th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Calgary Flames in a matchup where the Blue Jackets took a loss by a final of 3 - 0. For this game, Columbus went home with a 50.6% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 44 and the other team having a Corsi of 43. Their Fenwick rate was 57.1% with a Fenwick of 36 and the Flames having a 27 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Columbus had and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their PDO at even strength was 84.2 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 64.7%. The Blue Jackets netted 0 goals out of the 43 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play chances in this game but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Flames had 2 power play chances but didn't tally a goal. Columbus conceded 29 shots on goal and the Flames racked up 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Columbus (+124)
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