Columbus Blue Jackets vs Nashville Predators Predictions, NHL Parlay Picks 2/22/2020
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Nashville Predators
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
TV: No TV
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+144) Predators (-160)
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (29-23-7, 5th in the Central Division) host the Columbus Blue Jackets (30-19-13, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The Predators open this contest at -160 while the Blue Jackets are coming in at +144. The O/U has been set at 5.5. The Blue Jackets cover 48.4% of the time, having gone 30-32 SU. Nashville covers 47.4% of the time, going 27-30 straight up.
The Columbus Blue Jackets step onto the ice with a record of 30 wins and 19 losses, ranking them 4th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 159 goals which ranks them 15th in the East and 27th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +3, ranking them 17th in the NHL. The Blue Jackets have earned a total of 73 pts, which ranks them 9th in the NHL and 6th in the East. With reference to shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 2,007 which ranks them 3rd in the East and 5th in the NHL. As a unit, Columbus has compiled a total of 1,209 hits which means they are averaging 19.5 per game. They have earned a total of 828 blocks for this year. The man looking after the goal for Columbus is Elvis Merzlikins from Riga, Latvia. He is 25 years old and has played a total of 1,659 mins in goal this season. Merzlikins is allowing 2.35 goals per game which has him placed 6th among Eastern Conference goalies and 8th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the year, he's allowed 65 goals. He's earned a save % of .922 which has him placed 6th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will look for better times on the ice after their 5 - 1 defeat to the Philadelphia Flyers the last time they stepped on the ice. The Blue Jackets left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the defeat. In this game, they netted 1 of the 29 shots they put on net. They also had 3 power play opportunities and scored 1 goal out of those attempts. Columbus ended up with 2 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets sat at 47 and the Corsi against at even strength was 39 giving them a Corsi percentage of 54.7%. Their Fenwick sat at 32 while the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 21, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 60.4%. They won 24 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 28 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 51.5% and they had a PDO of 71.4 in this one. Regarding their opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers racked up 15 shots. They had a total of 6 penalty minutes and they had 1 power play attempt.
The Predators will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the campaign they have 29 victories and 23 losses. With regard to goal differential, they are currently sitting 9th in the West and 20th in the NHL with 0. They have compiled a total of 188 goals for this season which ranks them 6th in the West. Nashville has a save % as a team of .895 which currently has them sitting 28th in the NHL, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They are shooting 9.7% putting them at 6th in the conference. In goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a tough campaign by allowing 3.04 GAA and that has him 26th among Western Conference goalies and 49th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,874 mins he has been on the ice this season, he's given up 95 goals. He holds a save percentage of .898, which has him sitting 28th among Western Conference goalies and 56th among goalies in the NHL.
The Nashville Predators faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes in an outing where the Predators took a loss by a mark of 4 - 1. In this game, Nashville went home with a 35.3% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 36 while their opponent had a Corsi of 66. Their Fenwick rate came in at 35.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 27 and the Hurricanes finishing with a 49 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Nashville had and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their PDO at even strength was 94.7 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 47.4%. The Predators scored 1 goal of the 29 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. In discussing their opponent, the Hurricanes had 3 power play chances and came through by scoring 1 goal. Nashville gave way to 30 shots on goal and the Hurricanes earned a total of 8 minutes in the box.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Nashville (-160) and under the total goals
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