Columbus Blue Jackets vs Philadelphia Flyers Predictions, NHL Parlay Picks 2/18/2020
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Philadelphia Flyers
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+127) Flyers (-140)
Elvis Merzlikins and the Columbus Blue Jackets (30-18-12, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) head to Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday where they'll meet the Philadelphia Flyers (32-20-7, 5th in the Metropolitan Division). The moneyline on this game has the Blue Jackets priced at +127 and the Flyers are at -140. The total opens at 5.5. The Blue Jackets cover 50.0% of the time, having gone 30-30 SU. Philadelphia is covering 50.0% of the time, going 27-27 straight up.
The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this matchup with a record of 30 wins and 18 defeats, putting them at 4th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 155 goals which is good for 15th in the Eastern Conference and 27th in the league. Their goal differential is +8, putting them at 13th in the league. The Blue Jackets have compiled a total of 72 points, which is good for 7th in the league and 5th in the Eastern Conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they have compiled a total of 1,947 which is good for 3rd in the conference and 5th in the league. As a unit, Columbus has obtained a total of 1,155 hits which has them averaging 19.3 per game. They have compiled a total of 795 blocks for the year. Looking after the net for Columbus is Elvis Merzlikins from Riga, Latvia. He is 25 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,551 mins in net for the year. Merzlikins is conceding an average of 2.20 GAA which has him placed 3rd among Eastern Conference goalies and 4th in the NHL. During this season, he has surrendered 57 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .928 which has him placed 4th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Columbus Blue Jackets had a rough game after their 4 - 3 defeat against the New Jersey Devils in their last contest. The Blue Jackets had a middle of the road offensive performance in the loss. In this matchup, they scored on 3 out of the 55 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 2 power play opportunities but didn't get a goal. Columbus earned 0 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets was 74 and the Corsi against was 44 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 62.7%. Their Fenwick was 58 while the Fenwick against sat at 38, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 60.4%. They won 29 face-off wins at even strength and lost 25 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 79.4% and they had a PDO of 94.3 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the New Jersey Devils tallied a total of 26 shots. They had 4 minutes in the box and they earned 1 power play opportunity.
The Flyers will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the season they sit with 32 victories and 20 losses. Regarding goal differential, they currently sit 6th in the conference and 8th in the league with +16. They currently have a total of 188 goals for the season which is good for 7th in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia has a team save percentage of .898 which currently has them ranked 24th in the league, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.0% putting them at 8th in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Philadelphia is Carter Hart who is having an average campaign by giving up 2.59 GAA and that has him 10th among Eastern Conference goalies and 16th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,879 minutes he's been on the ice this season, he's allowed 81 goals. He has a save % of .906, which has him ranked 22nd among Eastern Conference goalies and 43rd among goalies in the NHL.
The Philadelphia Flyers played the Tampa Bay Lightning in a game where the Flyers ended up taking the loss by a final of 5 - 3. For this game, Philadelphia had a 47.1% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 33 while their opponent had a Corsi of 37. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 52.6% by way of having a Fenwick of 30 and the Lightning having a 27 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Philadelphia played and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. They had a PDO of 74.8 and their percentage of oZS was 45.7%. The Flyers notched 3 goals of the 33 shots on goal they took. They had 5 power play attempts in this game and were able to net 2 out of those opportunities. On the other side of the ice, the Lightning had 5 power play chances but were not able to notch a goal. Philadelphia gave way to 24 shots on goal and the Lightning racked up a total of 24 minutes in the box.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-140) and under the total goals
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