Vancouver Canucks vs Columbus Blue Jackets Predictions, Free NHL Pick 3/1/2020
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+118) Blue Jackets (-130)
Joonas Korpisalo and the Columbus Blue Jackets (31-21-14, 5th in the Metropolitan Division) host the Vancouver Canucks (34-23-6, 2nd in the Pacific Division) at Nationwide Arena on Sunday, March 1, 2020. The Blue Jackets open this contest at -130 while the Canucks are coming in at +118. The over/under has been set at 6. The Canucks cover 51.7% of the time, having gone 31-29 SU. The Blue Jackets cover 47.0% of the time, going 31-35 straight up.
The Vancouver Canucks head into this game holding a record of 34 victories and 23 defeats, putting them at 2nd in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 206 goals which has them at 4th in the Western Conference and 11th in the league. Their goal differential is +14, putting them at 12th in the league. The Canucks have earned a total of 74 points, which has them at 16th in the league and 6th in the conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 1,963 which has them at 10th in the West and 22nd in the league. As a team, Vancouver has collected a total of 1,145 hits which has them averaging 18.2 per contest. They have earned a total of 828 blocks for the year. The man in net for Vancouver is Thatcher Demko from San Diego, California. He is 24 years old and has racked up 1,229 minutes protecting the goal this season. Demko is conceding an average of 3.08 GAA which puts him at 29th among Western Conference goalies and 53rd in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has surrendered 63 goals. He holds a save % of .903 which puts him at 27th among Western Conference goalies.
The Vancouver Canucks were on the losing side of the ice with a 5 - 2 defeat to the Ottawa Senators in their previous game. The Canucks had a below average offensive performance in the defeat. For this game, they netted 2 out of the 34 shots they tried. In addition, they had 2 power play chances and were able to net 1 goal out of those opportunities. Vancouver ended up with a total of 7 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Canucks sat at 58 and the Corsi against was 61 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 48.7%. Their Fenwick was 42 and the Fenwick against sat at 35, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 54.5%. They took 25 face-off wins and lost 23 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 58.3% and they had a PDO at even strength of 83.4 for this matchup. Concerning opponent stats, the Ottawa Senators earned 25 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 9 minutes in the box and they notched 1 power play chance.
The Blue Jackets will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 31 wins and 21 losses. When it comes to goal differential, they rank 11th in the East and 21st in the NHL with -2. They have compiled a total of 170 goals for this year which puts them at 14th in the conference. Columbus has a save percentage as a team of .912 which currently has them ranked 6th in the NHL, meaning they are a tough group to score against. They have a shooting percentage of 7.9% which is good for 15th in the East. In goal for Columbus is Joonas Korpisalo who is having a marginal year by giving up 2.56 goals against average and that has him ranked 10th in the East and 15th in the NHL. In the 1,942 minutes he's played this year, he's given up 83 goals. He's earned a save % of .911, which has him ranked 15th in the East and 30th in the NHL.
The Columbus Blue Jackets opposed the Minnesota Wild in a game where the Blue Jackets were on the wrong end of the score by a tally of 5 - 0. In their game, Columbus went home with a 50.0% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 47 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 47. Their Fenwick rate came in at 50.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 32 and the Wild earning a 32 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Columbus had and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. Their PDO at even strength was 81.0 and they earned an oZS percentage of 60.0%. The Blue Jackets scored 0 goals out of the 24 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play chances in this game but didn't put one in the back of the net. In discussing their opponent, the Wild had 3 power play opportunities and ended up scoring 1 goal. Columbus gave way to 26 shots on goal and the Wild ended up with a total of 4 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Columbus (-130)
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