Columbus Blue Jackets vs Vancouver Canucks Predictions, NHL Pick, Odds, Tips 3/8/2020
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+131) Canucks (-145)
Rogers Arena is the venue where Thatcher Demko and the Vancouver Canucks (35-26-6, 4th in the Pacific Division) will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets (32-21-15, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) on Sunday. The Canucks open this game at -145 while the Blue Jackets are coming in at +131. The over/under opens at 5.5. The Blue Jackets cover 47.1% of the time, having gone 32-36 SU. Vancouver is covering 50.0% of the time, going 32-32 straight up.
The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this matchup with a record of 32 wins and 21 defeats, which is good for 4th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have scored a total of 177 goals which has them at 14th in the Eastern Conference and 25th in the league. Their goal differential is -1, which is good for 20th in the league. The Blue Jackets have compiled a total of 79 points, which has them at 12th in the league and 7th in the conference. In the matter of shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 2,204 which has them at 3rd in the East and 6th in the league. As a unit, Columbus has a total of 1,331 hits which means they are averaging 19.6 per game. They have compiled a total of 928 blocks for the year. The man in goal for Columbus is Joonas Korpisalo from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is 25 years old and has totaled 2,067 minutes minding the net this season. Korpisalo is conceding 2.58 goals against average which has him ranked 10th in the East and 16th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he has surrendered 89 goals. He's earned a save % of .912 which has him ranked 14th in the East.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to clean up some issues after taking a 3 - 2 loss to the Calgary Flames in their last game. The Blue Jackets didn't have a great showing offensively in the loss. In their game, they finished 2 out of the 22 shots they looked to score on. Furthermore, they had 1 power play attempt but weren't able to score a goal. Columbus had a total of 2 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets was 40 and the Corsi against was 62 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 39.2%. Their Fenwick was 30 and the Fenwick against sat at 40, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 42.9%. They won 20 face-off wins at even strength and lost 22 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 33.7% and they had a PDO at even strength of 101.7 for this matchup. Regarding their opponent, the Calgary Flames put up 37 shots. They had a total of 2 penalty mins and they had 1 power play chance.
The Canucks are the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they sit with 35 victories and 26 losses. With reference to goal differential, they currently sit 4th in the Western Conference and 12th in the NHL with +11. They have a total of 219 goals for the year which has them sitting at 2nd in the West. Vancouver has a team save % of .907 which currently has them ranked 14th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They have a shooting percentage of 10.5% ranking them 2nd in the West. In goal for Vancouver is Thatcher Demko who is having a bad year by surrendering 3.07 goals against average and that has him 28th among Western Conference goalies and 52nd in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,406 mins he has played this season, he has surrendered 72 goals. He has a save % of .904, which has him ranked 26th among Western Conference goalies and 50th in the NHL among goalies.
The Vancouver Canucks squared up with the Minnesota Wild in a matchup where the Canucks went home in defeat by a final score of 3 - 2. In their game, Vancouver had a 63.6% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 70 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 40. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 63.1% by notching a Fenwick of 53 and the Wild ending the game with a 31 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Vancouver had and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their PDO at even strength was 91.2 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 61.5%. The Canucks netted 2 goals of the 42 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play opportunities in this outing and were able to net 1 out of those chances. As for their opponent, the Wild had 1 power play chance but were not able to notch a goal. Vancouver allowed 27 shots on goal and the Wild ended up with a total of 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Columbus (+131)
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Get all of Tonight's NHL Picks.
Get all of Tonight's guaranteed Expert NHL Picks.