Columbus Blue Jackets vs Nashville Predators Prediction, 2/28/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Nashville Predators
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+110) Predators (-130)
Bridgestone Arena is the site where Juuse Saros and the Nashville Predators (8-11-0) will play the Columbus Blue Jackets (8-8-5) on Sunday. The Predators open this matchup at -130 while the Blue Jackets are priced at +110. The O/U opens at 5.5.
The Blue Jackets had a rough game after their 2-0 defeat to the Blackhawks in their previous game. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets was 51 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 45 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 53.1%. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 46.4% and their PDO was 91.7 for this one. Columbus tallied 4 mins in the box in this game. The Blue Jackets left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in this defeat. Their Fenwick was 39 and the Fenwick against was 32, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 54.9%. They accounted for 28 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 13 opportunities to control the puck. In addition, they had 2 power play chances but didn't net one. While out there on the ice, they weren't able to convert any of the 26 shots they put on goal.
Columbus Blue Jackets opponents have totaled 47 power play opportunities (30th in professional hockey) and have scored 13 goals in those attempts. The Blue Jackets have had 675 shots attempted against them and have earned a save percentage of .896. Columbus has attempted 603 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.8%. At even strength, the Blue Jackets have allowed 57 goals while scoring 49 of their own. Columbus has accounted for 52 power play chances and they have notched 10 goals during those advantages, earning them a percentage of 19.23%. For the current campaign, they have recorded 21 points and their points percentage is sitting at .500. Concerning their goal scoring prowess, the Columbus Blue Jackets have notched 59 goals (12th in the league) so far this year and have allowed 70.
The man in goal for this game is Joonas Korpisalo. The opposition has scored 379 goals versus Korpisalo in his career and his goals against rate is 2.86. Korpisalo has taken the ice for 142 contests over the course of his NHL career. He has a save percentage of .906 for his 7,948 minutes guarding the cage. He has accumulated a win-loss record of 65-48-18 and he has started in 130 games. Throughout his time in hockey, Korpisalo has 64 quality starts and his quality starts rate is .492. Korpisalo has had 4,035 shots taken against him and has gathered 3,656 saves.
In their last contest, Nashville squared up with the Red Wings in an outing where the Predators took a loss by a final of 5-2. Their PDO at even strength was 86 and their oZS percentage was 67.0%. They had 3 power play opportunities in this outing and recorded 1 out of those opportunities. Their Fenwick percentage was 53.0% by earning a Fenwick of 44 and the Red Wings ending the game with a 39 Fenwick at even strength. The Predators converted 2 goals of the 39 shots on goal they tried. Nashville earned a 49.5% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Nashville played and you might say they will look have a bounce back performance in their next game.
During this campaign, the Nashville Predators have accumulated 43 goals, 16 points, in addition to a points percentage of .421. They have granted a total of 62 goals to be scored by way of 43 goals at even strength and 19 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Predators have earned 31 goals at even strength and 12 goals (19th in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have recorded 67 power play opportunities and they have a power play percentage of 17.91%. Nashville has tried 608 shots (10th in the league) and has a shot percentage of 7.07%, while allowing their opponents 553 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 70.31% on their opponents 64 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is 88.8%.
For the opposition you will find Juuse Saros protecting the goal. He has gathered 3,400 stops out of the 3,713 shots taken, giving him a save percentage of .916. Saros has earned a career mark of 58-41-16 and has played in 129 games. He has made the start in 113 games and has played 7,147 minutes. Saros' percentage of quality starts comes in at 57.5% and he has accumulated 65 quality starts in his pro career. His opposition is averaging 2.63 goals per game and he has yielded 313 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Columbus (+110)
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