Jets vs Blue Jackets Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/22/2020
Game: Winnipeg Jets vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Jets (+127) Blue Jackets (-140)
Connor Hellebuyck and the Winnipeg Jets (25-20-4, 4th in the Central Division) go to Nationwide Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Columbus Blue Jackets (26-16-8, 4th in the Metropolitan Division). The Blue Jackets open this game at -140 while the Jets are priced at +127. The total opens at 6. The Jets cover 47.8% of the time, having gone 22-24 SU. Columbus covers 52.0% of the time, going 26-24 straight up.
The Winnipeg Jets come into this matchup holding a record of 25 victories and 20 losses, which is good for 4th in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 145 goals which puts them at 9th in the Western Conference and 19th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -6, which is good for 22nd in the NHL. The Jets have a total of 54 pts, which puts them at 19th in the NHL and 9th in the Western Conference. With reference to shots on goal, they have a total of 1,513 which puts them at 9th in the West and 19th in the NHL. As a team, Winnipeg has obtained a total of 1,078 hits which means they have an average of 22 per contest. They have a total of 531 blocks for this year. The goaltender for Winnipeg is Connor Hellebuyck from Commerce, Michigan. He is 26 years old and has totaled 2,262 mins in net for the campaign. Hellebuyck is allowing 2.71 goals against average which has him sitting 9th in the Western Conference and 23rd in the NHL. For the season, he has surrendered 102 goals. He has a save % of .919 which has him sitting 9th in the Western Conference.
The Winnipeg Jets were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 5 - 2 defeat against the Chicago Blackhawks in their previous game. The Jets had a below average offensive performance in the defeat. In this outing, they converted 2 out of the 38 shots they tried. In addition, they had 5 power play chances but weren't able to score a goal. Winnipeg racked up a total of 6 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Jets was 54 and the Corsi against was 43 giving them a Corsi percentage of 55.7%. Their Fenwick was 34 while the Fenwick against sat at 29, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 54.0%. They won 21 face-off wins at even strength and lost 14 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 54.5% and they had a PDO of 88.0 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Chicago Blackhawks racked up 33 shots. They had 12 penalty mins and they had 2 power play opportunities.
The Blue Jackets will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the campaign they sit with 26 wins and 16 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are sitting 8th in the Eastern Conference and 11th in the league with +9. They have a total of 134 goals for the season which puts them at 13th in the East. Columbus has a team save percentage of .918 which currently has them sitting 3rd in the league, which means they are a tough group to score against. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.4% which is good for 14th in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Columbus is Elvis Merzlikins who is having an ok year by giving up 2.36 GAA and that has him 5th among East goaltenders and 9th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,070 mins he has played, he's surrendered 42 goals. He holds a save % of .928, which has him sitting 3rd among East goaltenders and 4th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Columbus Blue Jackets opposed the New York Rangers in a matchup where the Blue Jackets earned a win by a mark of 2 - 1. For this matchup, Columbus wound up with a 46.0% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 52 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 61. They had a Fenwick percentage of 44.7% by way of having a Fenwick of 38 and the Rangers earning a 47 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Columbus had and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. They had a PDO at even strength of 103.7 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 43.8%. The Blue Jackets notched 2 goals of the 31 shots on goal they tried. They had 1 power play opportunity in this outing but weren't able to score a goal. In discussing their opponent, the Rangers had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to take advantage of it. Columbus gave way to 32 shots on goal and the Rangers racked up 2 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Winnipeg (+127)
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