Columbus Blue Jackets vs Minnesota Wild Predictions, NHL Free Pick 2/25/2020
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+140) Wild (-155)
Joonas Korpisalo and the Columbus Blue Jackets (30-19-14, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) are headed to Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the Minnesota Wild (29-25-7, 6th in the Central Division). The Blue Jackets open this matchup at +140 while the Wild are priced at -155. The total opens at 5.5. The Blue Jackets are covering 47.6% of the time, having gone 30-33 SU. The Wild are covering 45.8% of the time, going 27-32 straight up.
The Columbus Blue Jackets step onto the ice with a record of 30 victories and 19 defeats, ranking them 6th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 162 goals which is 15th in the East and 27th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +3, ranking them 18th in the NHL. The Blue Jackets have a total of 74 pts, which is 11th in the NHL and 7th in the Eastern Conference. When looking at shots toward the net, they have a total of 2,050 which is 3rd in the conference and 5th in the NHL. As a team, Columbus has racked up a total of 1,232 hits which means they are averaging 19.6 per game. They have a total of 848 blocks for the year. Looking after the net for Columbus is Joonas Korpisalo from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is 25 years old and has totaled 1,876 mins protecting the net for the campaign. Korpisalo is surrendering 2.49 goals against average which has him ranked 9th among East goalies and 14th among goaltenders in the NHL. During this year, he has allowed 78 goals. His save % is .913 which has him ranked 14th among East goalies.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 4 - 3 loss against the Nashville Predators in their previous game. The Blue Jackets had a middle of the road offensive outing in this defeat. While out there on the ice, they earned a goal on 3 of the 43 shots they looked to score on. They also had 2 power play chances and were able to score 1 goal out of those tries. Columbus ended up with a total of 2 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets was 62 and the Corsi against was 69 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 47.3%. Their Fenwick was 46 while the Fenwick against sat at 49, which means they earned a rate of 48.4%. They took 23 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 31 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 49.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 96.3 in this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Nashville Predators tallied 36 shots. They finished with a total of 4 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 1 power play attempt.
The Wild will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they sit with 29 victories and 25 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are sitting 10th in the West and 23rd in the NHL with -10. They have compiled a total of 184 goals for the year which ranks them 8th in the conference. Minnesota has a save percentage as a team of .896 which has them sitting 28th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.1% ranking them 5th in the Western Conference. In goal for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk who is having a tough campaign by giving up 3.34 goals against average and that has him ranked 33rd among West goalies and 63rd in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,601 mins he's played this year, he's given up 89 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .892, which puts him at 32nd among West goalies and 62nd in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Minnesota Wild opposed the St. Louis Blues in a matchup where the Wild took a loss by a score of 4 - 1. In their game, Minnesota went home with a 64.4% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 58 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 32. Their Fenwick rate was 57.6% by earning a Fenwick of 34 and the Blues having a 25 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Minnesota played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. They had a PDO of 88.2 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 59.3%. The Wild netted 1 goal out of the 33 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play opportunities in this one but didn't put one in the back of the net. Regarding their opponent, the Blues had 2 power play chances but didn't tally a goal. Minnesota gave up 26 shots on goal and the Blues racked up 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota (-155)
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