Columbus Blue Jackets vs Nashville Predators Prediction, 1/16/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Nashville Predators
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+102) Predators (-127)
Joonas Korpisalo and the Columbus Blue Jackets are headed to Bridgestone Arena on Saturday where they'll meet the Nashville Predators. The Predators open this game at -127 while the Blue Jackets are priced at +102. The over/under opens at 5.5.
The Blue Jackets had a rough game after their 3 - 1 defeat to the Predators in their previous game. The Blue Jackets could have played much better offensively in this loss. For the outing, they finished 1 of the 30 shots they looked to score on. They also had 2 power play opportunities but didn't get a goal. Columbus earned 6 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets was 51 and the Corsi against was 55 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 48.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 32 while the Fenwick against sat at 41, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 43.8%. They won 29 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 22 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 55.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 93.1 for this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Nashville Predators tallied a total of 35 shots. They ended the game with 4 minutes in the box and they notched 3 power play attempts.
In goal for Columbus is Joonas Korpisalo from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is 25 years old and was on the ice a total of 2,126 minutes in goal last season. Korpisalo conceded an average of 2.60 goals per contest which placed him at 10th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 17th in the NHL among goalies. For the year, he allowed 92 goals. He had a save % of .911 which placed him at 15th among Eastern Conference goaltenders. Columbus converted a total of 180 goals which put them at 15th in the Eastern Conference and 27th in the league. Their goal differential was -3, which was good for 21st in the league. The Blue Jackets had a total of 81 pts, which put them at 12th in the league and 7th in the East. Regarding shots on goal, they had a total of 2,272 which put them at 3rd in the conference and 6th in the league. As a group, Columbus had a total of 1,372 hits which means they averaged 19.6 per game. They had a total of 950 blocks for the year.
In their win against Columbus, Nashville went home with a 51.9% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 55 while they allowed a Corsi of 51. Their Fenwick rate was 56.2% by way of having a Fenwick of 41 and the Blue Jackets having a 32 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Nashville played and we'd say they played an average game. They had a PDO of 106.9 and their oZS percentage was 44.1%. The Predators netted 3 goals of the 35 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. On the other side of the ice, the Blue Jackets had 2 power play chances but didn't put the puck in goal. Nashville allowed 30 shots on goal and the Blue Jackets had a total of 6 penalty mins.
In net for Nashville is Juuse Saros who had an average year by allowing 2.70 goals per contest and that placed him 13th among West goaltenders and 27th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 2,177 mins he was on the ice, he gave up 98 goals. He he;d a save % of .914, which ranked him 15th among West goaltenders and 27th in the NHL among goaltenders. In terms of goal differential, they ranked 10th in the Western Conference and 20th in the league with -2. They had a total of 212 goals for the season which ranked them 8th in the conference. Nashville had a team save percentage of .901 which had them sitting 20th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They had a team shooting percentage of 9.3% which put them at 7th in the West.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Columbus (+102)
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