Columbus Blue Jackets vs Vegas Golden Knights Prediction, 11/20/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, NV
TV: Bally Sports West
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+131) Golden Knights (-145)
Elvis Merzlikins and the Columbus Blue Jackets (9-5-0) head to T-Mobile Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Vegas Golden Knights (10-7-0). The Golden Knights open this game at -145 while the Blue Jackets are priced at +131. The over/under is set at 6.
The Blue Jackets went home feeling good about their game by earning a 5-4 win over the Coyotes their last time out. The Corsi for the Blue Jackets was 71 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 49 which means they had a Corsi rate of 59.2%. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 75.0% and their PDO was 90.2 in this game. Columbus accounted for 15 minutes in the box in this matchup. The Blue Jackets had a good offensive outing in this win. Their Fenwick was 52 and the Fenwick against finished at 38, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 57.8%. They had a tally of 24 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 23 opportunities to win the puck. They also had 4 power play tries and scored 2 goals. For the game, they earned a goal on 5 of the 46 shots they attempted.
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The Blue Jackets have had 473 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .907. At even strength, the Blue Jackets have conceded 37 goals while getting 37 when they are on offense. Columbus Blue Jackets opponents have recorded 41 power play opportunities (28th in professional hockey) and have notched 7 goals in those attempts. For the season, they have accumulated 18 points and their points percentage is .643. Columbus has taken 445 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 10.3%. In the matter of their scoring capabilities, the Columbus Blue Jackets have racked up 46 goals (15th in hockey) so far this season and have conceded 44. Columbus steps onto the ice with 40 power play opportunities and they have scored 9 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 22.50%.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Elvis Merzlikins. In his career, Merzlikins has accrued 36 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .571. His save percentage is at .920 for his 3,857 minutes played. Merzlikins has seen 2,040 shots against him and has gathered 1,876 total saves. Opponents have notched 164 goals against Merzlikins in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 2.55. He has amassed a win-loss mark of 28-23-13 and he has started in 63 games. Merzlikins has participated in 70 matchups over the course of his pro hockey career.
Their last time out, Vegas faced the Red Wings in a matchup where the Golden Knights earned a victory by a final score of 5-2. They had 2 opportunities on the power play in this outing but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Golden Knights had 5 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they were seeking. They had a PDO of 108 and their percentage of oZS was 56.0%. Vegas went home with a 52.0% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Vegas played and they looked like the better team in this game. Their Fenwick rate came in at 54.4% by amassing a Fenwick of 37 and the Red Wings having racked up a 31 Fenwick.
So far this year, the Vegas Golden Knights have accumulated 53 goals, 20 points, and a points percentage of .588. They have permitted 52 goals to be scored by of a combination of 43 goals at even strength and 9 goals while they were shorthanded. The Golden Knights have earned 48 goals at even strength and 5 goals (31st in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have a total of 37 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 13.51%. Vegas has taken 546 shots (11th in the league) and has earned a shot percentage of 9.71%, while allowing the other team 580 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 80.43% on their opponents 46 power play tries, and their save percentage currently sits at 91.0%.
Across the ice you will find Robin Lehner in goal. He has recorded 9,467 saves out of the 10,315 shots taken, which gives him a save % of .918. Lehner holds a lifetime record of 137-130-47 and has participated in 334 games. He was named a starter in 315 games and has been on the ice for 18,852 minutes. Lehner's quality start percentage sits at 56.5% and he has qualified for 178 quality starts in his professional career. Teams are averaging 2.70 goals per contest and he has surrendered 848 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Columbus (+131)
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