Red Wings vs Blue Jackets Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/7/2020
Game: Detroit Red Wings vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Red Wings (+149) Blue Jackets (-165)
Nationwide Arena is the venue where Elvis Merzlikins and the Columbus Blue Jackets (29-16-9, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) will play the Detroit Red Wings (12-38-4, 8th in the Atlantic Division) on Friday. The moneyline on this contest has the Red Wings coming in at +149 and the Blue Jackets are at -165. The total opens at 6. The Red Wings cover 20.8% of the time, having gone 11-42 SU. Columbus is covering 53.7% of the time, going 29-25 straight up.
The Detroit Red Wings head into this game holding a record of 12 victories and 38 defeats, putting them at 8th in the Atlantic Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 110 goals which has them ranked at 16th in the conference and 31st in the league. Their goal differential is -96, putting them at 31st in the league. The Red Wings have a total of 28 pts, which has them ranked at 31st in the league and 16th in the conference. Regarding shots on goal, they have a total of 1,504 which has them ranked at 16th in the East and 31st in the league. As a unit, Detroit has earned a total of 1,136 hits which has them averaging 21 per contest. They have a total of 598 blocks for the season. The man looking after the goal for Detroit is Jonathan Bernier from Pori, Finland. He is 31 years old and has racked up 1,661 mins in goal for the season. Bernier is allowing 2.89 goals per game which has him sitting 20th in the East and 40th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he has allowed 80 goals. He has a save % of .908 which has him sitting 18th in the East.
The Detroit Red Wings were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 3 - 0 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers in their last contest. The Red Wings had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the defeat. In this matchup, they netted 0 out of the 16 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 2 power play chances but weren't able to score. Detroit had a total of 4 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Red Wings was 25 and the Corsi against was 57 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 30.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 19 while the Fenwick against was 45, telling us they have a rate of 29.7%. They earned 21 face-off wins at even strength and lost 24 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 28.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 96.4 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Philadelphia Flyers racked up a total of 31 shots. They finished with a total of 4 penalty minutes and they tallied 2 power play chances.
The Blue Jackets will be looking to add points to their total and for the season they have 29 victories and 16 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they are currently sitting 9th in the Eastern Conference and 12th in the league with +11. They currently have a total of 144 goals for this year which has them at 14th in the East. Columbus has a save % as a team of .919 which currently has them sitting 3rd in the league, which means scoring chances may be limited. They are shooting 8.4% which is good for 14th in the East. In goal for Columbus is Elvis Merzlikins who is having a marginal year by allowing 2.30 goals per game and that has him 4th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 6th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,251 mins he's played this year, he has allowed 48 goals. He has a save % of .929, which places him at 3rd among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 3rd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Columbus Blue Jackets went up against the Florida Panthers in a game where the Blue Jackets earned a victory by a mark of 1 - 0. For this matchup, Columbus earned a 54.0% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 61 and their opponent having a Corsi of 52. Their Fenwick percentage was 55.2% with a Fenwick of 48 and the Panthers earning a 39 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Columbus played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. They had a PDO of 102.6 and they had an oZS percentage of 61.1%. The Blue Jackets converted 1 goal of the 45 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 1 power play opportunity in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Panthers had 2 power play attempts but were not able to take advantage. Columbus allowed 32 shots on goal and the Panthers had a total of 2 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Detroit (+149)
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