Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, 3/30/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+170) Lightning (-208)
Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning (24-8-2) play the Columbus Blue Jackets (13-15-8) at Amalie Arena on Tuesday. The Lightning open this matchup at -208 while the Blue Jackets are priced at +170. The over/under has been set at 5.5.
The Blue Jackets were on the losing side of the ice with a 4-1 defeat to the Red Wings their last time out. The Blue Jackets had a below average offensive outing in the defeat. While out there on the ice, they netted 1 of the 17 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 1 power play attempt but weren't able to net one. Columbus amassed 4 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets sat at 42 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 52 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 44.7%. Their Fenwick came in at 23 and the Fenwick against finished at 40, giving them a Fenwick rate of 36.5%. They compiled 23 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 22 opportunities to win the puck. Their offensive zone starts were at 34.9% and they had a PDO of 91.6 in this game.
When it comes to their scoring capabilities, the Columbus Blue Jackets have earned 89 goals (24th in hockey) on the season and have surrendered 114. For the current campaign, they have recorded 34 points and their points percentage comes in at .472. Columbus is sitting with 87 power play chances and they have notched 13 goals out of those attempts, giving them a percentage of 14.94%. While at even strength, the Blue Jackets have allowed 94 goals while scoring 76 of their own. Columbus has taken 1,022 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 8.7%. The Blue Jackets have had 1,125 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .899. Columbus Blue Jackets opponents have earned 83 power play tries (31st in professional hockey) and have scored 20 goals in those attempts.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Joonas Korpisalo. Opponents have tallied 404 goals versus Korpisalo in his pro hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.84. Korpisalo has been in net for 152 matchups during his professional hockey career. His save percentage sits at .906 for his 8,540 mins guarding the cage. He has a win-loss mark of 68-53-20 and got the start in 140 games. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Korpisalo is sitting with 69 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .493. Korpisalo has seen 4,318 shots against him and has recorded 3,914 total saves.
In their last outing, Tampa Bay played the Hurricanes in a game where the Lightning took the defeat by a final of 4-3. Their PDO was 109 and they had an oZS percentage of 47.4%. They had 4 power play opportunities in this contest but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 49.2% by tallying a Fenwick of 32 and the Hurricanes ending the game with a 33 Fenwick at even strength. The Lightning recorded 3 goals out of the 22 shots on goal they were seeking. Tampa Bay earned a 51.9% Corsi rating. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Tampa Bay played and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either.
The Lightning have accumulated 91 goals at even strength and 31 goals (2nd in hockey) while on the power play. Tampa Bay has taken 1,024 shots (16th in the league) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 11.91%, while allowing the other team 960 shots. Over the course of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have accounted for 122 goals, 50 points, in addition to a points percentage of .735. They have earned 112 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 27.68%. They have a penalty kill rate of 81.82% on their oppositions 121 power play chances, and their save percentage comes in at 91.6%. They have allowed 81 goals to be scored by way of 59 goals at even strength and 22 goals while they had less men on the ice.
Across the rink you are going to see Andrei Vasilevskiy protecting the net. The opposition is averaging 2.50 goals/game and he has yielded 697 goals overall. Vasilevskiy's percentage of quality starts is 56.3% and he has 156 quality starting assignments in his pro hockey career. He has started in 277 games and has played for a total of 16,733 mins. Vasilevskiy has accrued a career mark of 180-78-19 and has played in 287 contests. He has compiled 8,009 stops out of the 8,706 shots attempted, which gives him a save percentage of .920.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Columbus (+170)
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