Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Anaheim Ducks - 1/7/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Anaheim Ducks
Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Location: Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+113) Ducks (-125)
John Gibson and the Anaheim Ducks (17-20-5, 7th in the Pacific Division) host the Columbus Blue Jackets (19-15-8, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) at Honda Center on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. The Blue Jackets open this game at +113 while the Ducks are coming in at -125. The over/under is set at 6. The Blue Jackets are covering 45.2% of the time, having gone 19-23 SU. Anaheim covers 34.2% of the time, going 13-25 straight up.
The Columbus Blue Jackets head into this game holding a record of 19 wins and 15 defeats, ranking them 6th in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 109 goals which puts them at 14th in the conference and 28th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -5, ranking them 20th in the NHL. The Blue Jackets have earned a total of 46 points, which puts them at 19th in the NHL and 10th in the East. In discussing shots at the opposing goalie, they have earned a total of 1,381 which puts them at 6th in the East and 10th in the NHL. As a team, Columbus has obtained a total of 820 hits which means they are averaging 19.5 per game. They have earned a total of 558 blocks for the season. Protecting the net for Columbus is Elvis Merzlikins from Riga, Latvia. He is 25 years old and has played a total of 653 mins protecting the net this season. Kinkaid is surrendering an average of 2.94 goals against average which ranks him 17th among Eastern Conference goalies and 35th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this season, he's surrendered 32 goals. His save percentage is .904 which ranks him 20th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Columbus Blue Jackets had a rough game after their 3 - 2 defeat to the San Jose Sharks in their previous contest. The Blue Jackets had a below average offensive outing in this defeat. For this matchup, they earned a goal on 2 of the 23 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Columbus ended up with a total of 2 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets sat at 37 and the Corsi against was 45 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 45.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 30 and the Fenwick against was 37, which means they had a rate of 44.8%. They earned 24 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 31 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 59.4% and they had a PDO of 98.4 in this one. Concerning opponent stats, the San Jose Sharks put up 28 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 4 minutes in the box and they tallied 1 power play chance.
The Ducks will be looking to add points to their total and for the season they have 17 wins and 20 losses. With reference to goal differential, they rank 13th in the Western Conference and 27th in the league with -25. They currently have a total of 106 goals for this season which puts them at 15th in the Western Conference. Anaheim has a team save percentage of .902 which currently has them sitting 19th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.5% ranking them 14th in the conference. In goal for Anaheim is John Gibson who is having a rough year by giving up 2.95 GAA and that ranks him 19th among West goaltenders and 36th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,911 mins he's played this season, he has surrendered 94 goals. His save percentage is .906, which has him sitting 19th among West goaltenders and 35th in the NHL among goalies.
The Anaheim Ducks faced off against the Nashville Predators in a matchup where the Ducks took home the victory by a final of 5 - 4. For this game, Anaheim earned a 55.1% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 59 while the opposition had a Corsi of 48. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 58.1% with a Fenwick of 50 and the Predators ending the game with a 36 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Anaheim played and they showed up in this game. Their PDO at even strength was 92.9 and they had an oZS percentage of 57.6%. The Ducks notched 5 goals of the 47 shots on goal they took. They had 5 power play opportunities in this game and converted 2 out of those attempts. Concerning the opposition, the Predators had 2 power play chances and went on to score 1 goal. Anaheim allowed 26 shots on goal and the Predators had 17 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Columbus (+113)
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