Chicago Blackhawks vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction, 2/23/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+115) Blue Jackets (-138)
Malcolm Subban and the Chicago Blackhawks (9-6-4) travel to Nationwide Arena on Tuesday where they'll take on the Columbus Blue Jackets (8-7-4). The Blue Jackets open this contest at -138 while the Blackhawks are priced at +115. The over/under is set at 5.5.
The Blackhawks were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 5-3 loss to the Hurricanes their last time on the ice. The Blackhawks had a middle of the road offensive performance in the loss. For the matchup, they scored on 3 of the 29 shots they looked to score on. They also had 4 chances with extra men on the ice and netted 1 goal. Chicago earned 8 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Blackhawks came in at 43 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 54 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 44.3%. Their Fenwick was 37 and the Fenwick Against sat at 43, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 46.3%. They accrued 22 face-off victories at even strength and were beaten on 22 opportunities to gain puck control. The offensive zone starts for them sat at 59.0% and they had a PDO of 96.0 for this game.
The Blackhawks have had 646 shots taken against them and have earned a save percentage of .916. While at even strength, the Blackhawks have conceded 42 goals while scoring 36 of their own. Chicago Blackhawks opponents have recorded 60 power play opportunities (8th in pro hockey) and have scored 12 goals in those chances. For the current campaign, they have scored 22 points and their points percentage is .579. Chicago has attempted 575 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.6%. Pertaining to their scoring capabilities, the Chicago Blackhawks have earned 55 goals (10th in hockey) so far this season and have given up 54. Chicago is sitting with 59 power play chances and they have scored 19 goals out of those attempts, earning them a percentage of 32.20%.
The man in goal for this game is Malcolm Subban. Opponents have tallied 192 goals versus Subban in his professional hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.95. Subban has played in 70 games during his hockey career. His save percentage sits at .900 for his 3,902 mins on the ice. He has amassed a mark of 32-24-8 and he has gotten the start in 64 games. In his professional hockey career, Subban has recorded 26 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .406. Subban has had 1,926 shots taken against him and has accrued 1,734 saves.
When they were on the ice last, Columbus played the Predators in a matchup where the Blue Jackets ended up losing by a score of 4-2. They had a PDO at even strength of 97 and their oZS percentage was 51.4%. They had 1 power play opportunity in this matchup but were not able to net one. Their Fenwick rate came in at 32.5% with a Fenwick of 25 and the Predators having notched a 52 Fenwick at even strength. The Blue Jackets had 2 goals of the 23 shots on goal they tried. Columbus wrapped up this game with a 32.3% Corsi rating. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Columbus played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game.
Columbus has attempted 547 shots (9th in hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 9.87%, while allowing their opponents 614 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 73.81% on their oppositions 42 power play chances, and their save percentage currently sits at 89.7%. They have a total of 46 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 15.22%. The Blue Jackets have earned 47 goals at even strength and 7 goals (26th in pro hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have permitted 63 goals to be scored by of a combination of 52 goals at even strength and 11 goals while they had less men on the ice. On the year, the Columbus Blue Jackets have accumulated 54 goals, 20 points, and a points percentage of .526.
For the opposition you are likely to see Joonas Korpisalo in the crease. Korpisalo has earned a career mark of 65-47-17 and has been in net for 140 contests. Korpisalo's quality start percentage comes in at 49.2% and he has made 63 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has a tally of 3,602 saves out of 3,975 shots taken against him, giving him a save % of .906. His opposition is averaging 2.86 goals per game and he has yielded 373 goals altogether. He has been a starter 128 contests and has accumulated 7,823 mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago (+115)
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