Blue Jackets vs Golden Knights Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/11/2020
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+188) Golden Knights (-210)
T-Mobile Arena is the site where Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (24-17-6, 2nd in the Pacific Division) will play the Columbus Blue Jackets (21-16-8, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) on Saturday. The odds on this matchup have the Blue Jackets priced at +188 and the Golden Knights are at -210. The over/under opens at 5.5. The Blue Jackets are covering 46.7% of the time, having gone 21-24 SU. The Golden Knights are covering 47.7% of the time, going 21-23 straight up.
The Columbus Blue Jackets head into this game holding a record of 21 victories and 16 defeats, which is good for 6th in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 118 goals which has them at 13th in the conference and 25th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -4, which is good for 19th in the NHL. The Blue Jackets currently have a total of 50 pts, which has them at 18th in the NHL and 10th in the East. When discussing shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,463 which has them at 5th in the East and 7th in the NHL. As a team, Columbus currently has a total of 875 hits which means they are averaging 19.4 per game. They currently have a total of 599 blocks for this season. The goalie for Columbus is Elvis Merzlikins from Riga, Latvia. He is 25 years old and has been on the ice a total of 830 minutes in goal this season. Merzlikins is allowing an average of 2.89 GAA which ranks him 15th in the Eastern Conference and 31st in the NHL. During this year, he's given up 40 goals. His save % is .910 which ranks him 14th in the Eastern Conference.
The Columbus Blue Jackets were on the losing side of the ice with a 3 - 1 defeat to the San Jose Sharks in their previous contest. The Blue Jackets had a below average offensive outing in the defeat. For this game, they scored on 1 out of the 31 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to score a goal. Columbus ended up with 11 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets was 53 and the Corsi against was 51 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 51.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 34 while the Fenwick against sat at 39, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 46.6%. They won 23 face-off wins and lost 30 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 66.7% and they had a PDO at even strength of 96.4 for this game. Regarding their opponent, the San Jose Sharks racked up 33 shots. They ended the game with 9 penalty mins and they tallied 3 power play opportunities.
The Golden Knights will be the team across the ice and for the season they sit with 24 victories and 17 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are currently sitting 6th in the West and 15th in the NHL with +4. They have earned a total of 146 goals for the season which is good for 3rd in the conference. Vegas has a team save percentage of .902 which currently has them ranked 17th in the NHL, meaning there should be some chances to score. They are shooting 9.0% which is good for 10th in the conference. In goal for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having a marginal season by giving up 2.84 goals per contest and that has him ranked 13th in the Western Conference and 26th in the NHL. In the 1,818 mins he's played this year, he has allowed 86 goals. His save percentage is .908, which has him ranked 18th in the Western Conference and 34th in the NHL.
The Vegas Golden Knights played the Los Angeles Kings in an outing where the Golden Knights took the loss by a final of 5 - 2. In their game, Vegas went home with a 63.0% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 75 and the other team having a Corsi of 44. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 65.2% by way of having a Fenwick of 58 and the Kings having a 31 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Vegas had and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. They had a PDO of 85.4 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 69.4%. The Golden Knights converted 2 goals of the 46 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 1 power play opportunity in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal. As for the opposition, the Kings had 1 power play attempt and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Vegas gave way to 23 shots on goal and the Kings racked up a total of 2 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vegas (-210)
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