Lightning vs Blue Jackets Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/10/2020
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Monday, February 10, 2020
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Lightning (-105) Blue Jackets (-115)
Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning (35-15-5, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) travel to Nationwide Arena on Monday where they'll take on the Columbus Blue Jackets (30-17-9, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division). The line on this contest has the Lightning priced at -105 and the Blue Jackets are at -115. The over/under is set at 6. The Lightning cover 62.3% of the time, having gone 33-20 SU. The Blue Jackets cover 53.6% of the time, going 30-26 straight up.
The Tampa Bay Lightning head into this game holding a record of 35 wins and 15 losses, putting them at 2nd in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have scored a total of 197 goals which has them sitting at 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the league. Their goal differential is +47, putting them at 2nd in the league. The Lightning have earned a total of 75 points, which has them sitting at 3rd in the league and 3rd in the East. When it comes to shots on goal, they have earned a total of 1,724 which has them sitting at 10th in the conference and 17th in the league. As a team, Tampa Bay has compiled a total of 1,198 hits which has them averaging 21.8 per contest. They have earned a total of 565 blocks for the season. The man looking after the net for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy from London, Ontario. He is 25 years old and has been on the ice a total of 2,466 mins defending the net for the season. Vasilevskiy is surrendering an average of 2.48 goals per game which places him at 7th in the Eastern Conference and 12th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's allowed 102 goals. He's earned a save % of .918 which places him at 8th in the Eastern Conference.
The Tampa Bay Lightning were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 1 victory over the New York Islanders in their previous game. The Lightning had an average offensive outing in this victory. In this game, they netted 3 out of the 30 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 1 power play opportunity but didn't net one. Tampa Bay had 4 penalty minutes in their game. The Corsi for the Lightning was 46 and the Corsi against was 44 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 51.1%. Their Fenwick was 37 while the Fenwick against was 28, meaning they had a rate of 56.9%. They took 25 face-off wins at even strength and lost 22 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 49.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 110.7 in this game. Regarding their opponent, the New York Islanders racked up 18 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 4 penalty mins and they earned a total of 1 power play opportunity.
The Blue Jackets will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they have 30 wins and 17 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they are sitting 8th in the Eastern Conference and 10th in the NHL with +12. They have earned a total of 147 goals for the season which is 14th in the Eastern Conference. Columbus has a team save percentage of .919 which has them sitting 3rd in the NHL, meaning they are difficult to score against. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.2% which is good for 15th in the East. In goal for Columbus is Elvis Merzlikins who is having an average season by allowing 2.19 goals per contest and that places him 3rd among East goaltenders and 4th in the NHL. In the 1,367 minutes he has played, he has allowed 50 goals. He holds a save % of .930, which has him ranked 3rd among East goaltenders and 3rd in the NHL.
The Columbus Blue Jackets went up against the Colorado Avalanche in a game where the Blue Jackets took a loss by a final score of 2 - 1. In this game, Columbus earned a 51.6% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 47 and the other team having a Corsi of 44. Their Fenwick rate was 53.7% by notching a Fenwick of 36 and the Avalanche finishing with a 31 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Columbus had and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. They had a PDO at even strength of 90.5 and their oZS percentage was 43.1%. The Blue Jackets converted 1 goal out of the 32 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 5 power play attempts in this outing and converted 1 out of those tries. As for their opponent, the Avalanche had 2 power play chances but were not able to score a goal. Columbus conceded 22 shots on goal and the Avalanche ended up with a total of 12 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-105)
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