Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, 4/22/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+235) Lightning (-275)
Amalie Arena is the site where Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning (30-14-2) will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets (15-24-9) on Thursday. The Lightning open this contest at -275 while the Blue Jackets are priced at +235. The over/under is set at 5.5.
The Blue Jackets had a rough game after their 5-1 defeat to the Panthers the last time they stepped on the ice. The Blue Jackets had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the loss. In the game, they converted 1 of the 34 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 1 chance with the advantage and netted 1 goal. Columbus accumulated 7 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets came in at 43 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 48 which means they had a Corsi rate of 47.3%. Their Fenwick came in at 36 and the Fenwick against was 42, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 46.2%. They accounted for 21 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 28 opportunities to gain puck control. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 53.6% and they had a PDO of 83.3 for this matchup.
Columbus Blue Jackets opponents have 116 power play opportunities (30th in the NHL) and have racked up 24 goals in those attempts. The Blue Jackets have had 1,536 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .896. Columbus has attempted 1,394 shots and has a shooting percentage of 8.3%. When playing at even strength, the Blue Jackets let the opposition score 136 goals while notching 100 on the offensive side of the ice. Columbus has accumulated 105 power play opportunities and they have notched 15 goals during those advantages, garnering them a rate of 14.29%. For the current campaign, they have earned 39 points and their points % is .406. When discussing their goal scoring prowess, the Columbus Blue Jackets have racked up 115 goals (26th in pro hockey) over the course of the season and have conceded 160.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Joonas Korpisalo. The opposition has been able to score 426 goals versus Korpisalo in his NHL career and his goals against rate is 2.89. Korpisalo has taken the ice for 159 games over the course of his pro hockey career. His save percentage is at .905 for his 8,835 mins played. He has a mark of 69-56-21 and he has gotten the start in 146 games. Throughout his time in hockey, Korpisalo has accumulated 71 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .486. Korpisalo has had 4,493 shot attempts against him and he has 4,067 saves.
In their last game, Tampa Bay faced the Hurricanes in an outing where the Lightning took the defeat by a mark of 4-1. They had 2 power play chances in this matchup but didn't put one in the back of the net. The Lightning notched 1 goal of the 27 shots on goal they attempted. Their PDO at even strength was 91 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 60.7%. Tampa Bay wrapped up this game with a 48.0% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Tampa Bay had and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their Fenwick rate came in at 46.8% with a Fenwick of 36 and the Hurricanes ending the game with a 41 Fenwick.
On the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have tallied 152 goals, 62 points, and a points percentage of .674. They have permitted 120 goals to be scored by of a combination of 94 goals at even strength and 26 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Lightning have earned 116 goals at even strength and 36 goals (4th in the league) while on the power play. They have a total of 143 chances on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 25.17%. Tampa Bay has attempted 1,391 shots (10th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 10.93%, while allowing their opponents 1,320 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 82.78% on their opponents 151 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently comes in at 90.9%.
Across the ice you are going to see Andrei Vasilevskiy in net. Opponents are averaging 2.49 goals/game and he has yielded 718 goals altogether. Vasilevskiy's percentage of quality starts is 56.6% and he has 162 quality starting assignments in his hockey career. He has started in 286 contests and his ice time sits at 17,269 minutes. Vasilevskiy has earned a career record of 186-81-19 and has been in net for 296 games. He has a tally of 8,284 saves out of 9,002 shots tried, giving him a save percentage of .920.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-275) and under 5.5 goals
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