Columbus Blue Jackets vs Detroit Red Wings Prediction, 3/28/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Detroit Red Wings
Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (-152) Red Wings (+138)
Little Caesars Arena is the site where Thomas Greiss and the Detroit Red Wings (10-20-4) will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets (13-13-8) on Sunday. The Blue Jackets open this matchup at -152 while the Red Wings are priced at +138. The O/U is set at 5.5.
The Blue Jackets will look for better times on the ice after their 4-3 loss against the Hurricanes their last time out. The Blue Jackets had an average offensive performance in this defeat. For the game, they converted 3 out of the 36 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 3 power play opportunities and netted 1 goal. Columbus tallied 6 mins in the box in this game. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets was 56 and the Corsi against was at 50 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 52.8%. Their Fenwick came in at 44 and the Fenwick against was 39, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 53.0%. They amassed 23 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 26 attempts to gain puck control. Their starts in the offensive zone sat at 50.3% and they had a PDO of 93.4 for this game.
Columbus Blue Jackets opponents have 79 power play opportunities (31st in professional hockey) and have scored 20 goals in those attempts. The Blue Jackets have had 1,062 shots attempted against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .899. Columbus has taken 983 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 8.9%. When playing at even strength, the Blue Jackets have surrendered 87 goals while notching 74 when they are on offense. Columbus has accumulated 84 power play chances and they have tallied 13 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 15.48%. For the current season, they have recorded 34 points and their points percentage comes in at .500. In the matter of their scoring capabilities, the Columbus Blue Jackets have notched 87 goals (22nd in the league) on the season and have given up 107.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Elvis Merzlikins. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Merzlikins has accounted for 22 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .537. He has a save percentage of .920 for his 2,454 minutes on the ice. Merzlikins has seen 1,270 shot attempts against him and has recorded 1,168 total saves. Opponents have scored 102 goals against Merzlikins in his NHL career and his goals against average per game is 2.49. He has amassed a win-loss record of 18-12-10 and he started in 41 games. Merzlikins has played in 45 matchups during his pro hockey career.
In their last outing, Detroit faced the Predators in a matchup where the Red Wings went home in defeat by a score of 7-1. Their PDO at even strength was 77 and their percentage of oZS was 33.5%. They had 4 chances on the power play in this game and tallied 1 out of those chances. Their Fenwick rate was 38.2% by way of having a Fenwick of 21 and the Predators ending the game with a 34 Fenwick. The Red Wings earned 1 goal out of the 21 shots on goal they were seeking. Detroit had a 38.9% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Detroit played and you might say they will look have a bounce back performance in their next game.
This season, the Detroit Red Wings are sitting with 72 goals, 24 points, in addition to a points percentage of .353. They have granted a total of 113 goals to be scored by of a combination of 85 goals at even strength and 28 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Red Wings are sitting with 60 goals at even strength and 12 goals (29th in pro hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have recorded 100 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play rate of 12.00%. Detroit has attempted 933 shots (25th in professional hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 7.72%, while allowing the opposition 1,076 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 71.43% on their opponents 98 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is currently 89.5%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Thomas Greiss in the crease. Greiss is the owner of a career mark of 139-104-32 and has participated in 303 games. Greiss' quality start percentage comes in at 54.5% and he has 145 quality starts in his pro hockey career. He has compiled 7,577 stops out of the 8,301 shots taken against him, which gives him a percentage of .913. Opponents are averaging 2.68 goals/game and he has allowed 724 goals overall. He has been a starter 266 games and his ice time sits at 16,205 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Detroit (+138)
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