Carolina Hurricanes vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction, 10/23/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (-154) Blue Jackets (+125)
Elvis Merzlikins and the Columbus Blue Jackets play the Carolina Hurricanes at Nationwide Arena on Saturday. The odds on this contest have the Hurricanes coming in at -154 and the Blue Jackets are at +125. The O/U is set at 5.5.
The Hurricanes were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4-1 win against the Canadiens in their previous outing. When starting in the offensive zone they came in at 55.3% and their PDO rating was 110.0 for this one. They garnered 18 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 18 attempts to gain puck control. Their Fenwick was 41 and the Fenwick against was 31, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 56.9%. The Corsi for the Hurricanes was sitting at 47 and the Corsi against was 47 which means they had a Corsi rate of 50.0%. Carolina compiled 4 mins in the box in this matchup. Moreover, they had 1 chance with the advantage and were able to score 1 goal. The Hurricanes had a impressive offensive outing in the win. While out there on the ice, they tallied a score on 4 out of the 33 shots they tried.
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Carolina Hurricanes opponents have earned 13 power play opportunities (11th in the NHL) and have racked up 1 goal in those chances. The Hurricanes have had 96 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .938. Carolina has taken 106 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 12.3%. When playing at even strength, the Hurricanes have surrendered 5 goals while getting 10 themselves. Carolina comes into tonight with 10 power play opportunities and they have scored 3 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 30.00%. For the year, they have recorded 6 points and their points percentage comes in at 1.000. When talking about their scoring, the Carolina Hurricanes have notched 13 goals (10th in the NHL) this year and have given up 6.
The player in the crease for this game is Frederik Andersen. The opposition has notched 1,003 goals versus Andersen in his career and his goals against average is 2.64. Andersen has played in 396 matchups during his NHL career. His save percentage is .915 in his 22,778 mins guarding the cage. He has an overall mark of 229-100-48 and he has started in 384 games. In his professional hockey career, Andersen has accrued 219 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .570. Andersen has had 11,867 shot attempts taken against him and has accrued 10,864 total saves.
The last time they were on the ice, Columbus played the Islanders in an outing where the Blue Jackets earned a win by a final of 3-2. Their PDO at even strength was 101 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 65.2%. They had 4 power play chances in this contest and scored 1 goal out of those opportunities. Their Fenwick rate was 45.3% with a Fenwick of 34 and the Islanders earning a 41 Fenwick. The Blue Jackets earned 3 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they attempted. Columbus earned a 46.3% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Columbus played and you can say they had a mediocre outing.
The Blue Jackets have scored 10 goals at even strength and 4 goals (7th in the league) while on the power play. Columbus has put up 106 shots (25th in pro hockey) and has a shot percentage of 13.21%, while allowing the opposition 139 shots. So far this season, the Columbus Blue Jackets have notched a total of 14 goals, 6 points, as well as a points percentage of .750. They have a total of 11 power play chances and they have a power play percentage of 36.36%. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 91.67% on the other teams 12 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 93.5%. They have allowed 9 goals to be scored by of a combination of 8 goals at even strength and 1 goal while they had less men on the ice.
Across the ice you are going to see Elvis Merzlikins patrolling the crease. He is sitting with 1,693 stops out of the 1,838 shots attempted, giving him a percentage of .921. Merzlikins is sitting with a career record of 24-21-13 and has participated in 64 games. He has started in 57 games and has accumulated 3,496 mins. Merzlikins' quality start percentage is 59.6% and he has made 34 quality starts in his pro career. Teams are averaging 2.49 goals per game and he has allowed 145 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Carolina (-154)
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