Columbus Blue Jackets vs Nashville Predators Prediction, 11/30/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Nashville Predators
Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
TV: Bally Sports South
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+133) Predators (-162)
Elvis Merzlikins and the Columbus Blue Jackets (12-7-0) head to Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday where they'll meet the Nashville Predators (11-9-1). The Blue Jackets open this matchup at +133 while the Predators are coming in at -162. The O/U opens at 5.5.
The Blue Jackets will look to clean up some issues after taking a 6-3 defeat against the Blues their last time out. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 40.7% and they had a PDO of 82.8 in this one. They earned 21 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 22 opportunities to gain puck control. Their Fenwick came in at 28 and the Fenwick Against sat at 40, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 41.2%. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets sat at 42 and the Corsi against was at 45 which means they had a Corsi rate of 48.3%. Columbus tallied 10 minutes in the box in this game. Moreover, they had 4 chances on the power play and were able to notch 2 goals. The Blue Jackets offense didn't overly impress in this defeat. For the matchup, they earned a goal on 3 of the 27 shots they looked to score on.
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Columbus Blue Jackets opponents have earned 57 power play opportunities (25th in the NHL) and have come away with 9 goals in those chances. The Blue Jackets have had 651 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .909. Columbus has tried 583 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 11.2%. When at even strength, the Blue Jackets have allowed the opponent to score 50 goals while having 53 of their own. Columbus has tallied 55 power play chances and they have tallied 12 goals out of those chances, giving them a percentage of 21.82%. For the current season, they sit with 24 points and their points percentage sits at .632. When talking about their scoring capabilities, the Columbus Blue Jackets have racked up 65 goals (11th in the NHL) this year and have given up 59.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Elvis Merzlikins. The opposition has scored 169 goals versus Merzlikins in his career and his goals against average per contest is 2.51. Merzlikins has played in 73 matchups during his professional hockey career. His save percentage sits at .921 in his 4,035 minutes between the pipes. He has amassed a mark of 30-24-13 and he has started in 66 games. Over the course of his time in hockey, Merzlikins has 39 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .591. Merzlikins has had 2,152 shots against him and has recorded 1,983 total saves.
The last time they were on the ice, Nashville faced off against the Avalanche in a matchup where the Predators were on the wrong end of the score by a final of 6-2. Nashville had a 44.9% Corsi rate. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Nashville played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their Fenwick rate came in at 50.0% by accumulating a Fenwick of 35 and the Avalanche having accrued a 35 Fenwick at even strength. They had a PDO of 92 and their oZS percentage was 42.3%. The Predators scored 2 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal.
The Predators have racked up 42 goals at even strength and 15 goals (7th in the league) while on the power play. Nashville has attempted 597 shots (21st in the league) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 9.55%, while allowing their opponents 648 shots. Over the course of the season, the Nashville Predators are sitting with 57 goals, 23 points, in addition to a points percentage of .548. They have earned 60 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 25.00%. They have a penalty kill rate of 77.94% on their oppositions 68 chances on the power play, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.3%. They have permitted 63 goals to be scored by way of 48 goals at even strength and 15 goals while they were shorthanded.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Juuse Saros protecting the net. He has recorded 4,627 stops out of the 5,029 shots attempted against him, giving him a save percentage of .920. Saros has accrued a lifetime mark of 85-54-18 and has played in 172 contests. He has started in 156 games and has accumulated 9,665 minutes. Saros' rate of quality starts is 62.2% and he has 97 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. His opponents are averaging 2.50 goals/game and he has given up 402 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Columbus (+133)
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