Columbus Blue Jackets vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 1/29/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Friday, January 29, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (-115) Blackhawks (-105)
United Center is the site where Kevin Lankinen and the Chicago Blackhawks (2-3-3) will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets (2-2-3) on Friday. The Blue Jackets open this contest at -115 while the Blackhawks are coming in at -105. The total has been set at 6.5.
The Blue Jackets had a rough game after their 4 - 3 defeat against the Panthers in their last game. The Blue Jackets offense didn't overly impress in this loss. In the game, they netted 3 out of the 22 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 6 power play chances but weren't able to net one. Columbus earned a total of 6 penalty minutes for this outing. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets sat at 23 and the Corsi against was 55 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 29.5%. Their Fenwick was 16 while the Fenwick against was 45, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 26.2%. They earned 22 face-off wins at even strength and lost 17 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 45.8% and they had a PDO at even strength of 106.0 in this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Florida Panthers earned a total of 31 shots. They finished with a total of 12 penalty mins and they earned a total of 3 power play attempts.
When discussing their goal scoring prowess, the Columbus Blue Jackets have earned 18 goals (17th in hockey) this season and have given up 21. For the year, they have racked up 7 points and their points percentage sits at .500. Columbus skates onto the rink with 19 power play opportunities and they have notched 1 FALSE out of those tries, giving them a percentage of 5.26%. At even strength, the Blue Jackets have given up 19 goals while notching 16 on the offensive side of the ice. Columbus has tried 202 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 8.9%. The Blue Jackets have had 232 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .909. Columbus Blue Jackets opponents have totaled 16 power play opportunities (26th in professional hockey) and have earned 2 goals in those attempts.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Joonas Korpisalo. Korpisalo has been involved in 131 matchups over the course of his pro hockey career. He has accumulated an overall mark of 61-44-16 and he started in 120 games. Opponents have scored 343 goals versus Korpisalo in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per game is 2.79. Korpisalo has had 3,754 shots taken against him and he has 3,411 saves. His save percentage is at .909 in his 7,375 minutes guarding the cage. Over the course of his time in hockey, Korpisalo has 61 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .508.
The Blackhawks played the Predators in an outing where the Blackhawks were on the wrong end of the score by a final score of 2 - 1. Chicago wound up with a 46.7% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 50 and they conceded a Corsi of 57. Their Fenwick rate was 44.2% with a Fenwick of 38 and the Predators having a 48 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Chicago had and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their PDO was 100.6 and their percentage of oZS was 48.6%. The Blackhawks netted 1 goal out of the 30 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play attempts in this game but didn't score a goal. Regarding their opponent, the Predators had 4 power play opportunities but didn't tally a goal. Chicago gave up 42 shots on goal and the Predators ended up with a total of 8 penalty minutes.
The Blackhawks are sitting with 12 goals at even strength and 9 goals (3rd in the league) while on the power play. Chicago has attempted 239 shots (4th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 9.21%, while allowing the other team 275 shots. So far this season, the Chicago Blackhawks have earned a total of 22 goals, 7 points, as well as a points percentage of .438. They have earned 25 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 36.00%. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 78.79% on the other teams 33 power play chances, and their save percentage comes in at 9.2%. They have allowed 27 goals to be scored by way of 20 goals at even strength and 7 goals while they had less men on the ice.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Kevin Lankinen patrolling the crease. He has tallied 121 stops out of the 130 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save percentage of .931. Lankinen has earned a career record of 2-0-2 and has played in 4 contests. He has been a starter 4 games and has played for a total of 247 mins. Lankinen's percentage of quality starts is 75.0% and he has accumulated 3 quality starting assignments in his pro career. His opponents are averaging 2.18 goals per game and he has relinquished 9 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Columbus (-115)
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