Dallas Stars vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction, 3/14/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Stars vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (-123) Blue Jackets (+103)
Jake Oettinger and the Dallas Stars (8-9-5) travel to Nationwide Arena on Sunday where they'll meet the Columbus Blue Jackets (10-12-6). The line on this contest has the Stars priced at -123 and the Blue Jackets are at +103. The O/U opens at 5.5.
The Stars will look for better times on the ice after their 4-2 defeat against the Blackhawks in their last outing. The Stars had a below average offensive performance in this defeat. For the outing, they finished 2 out of the 30 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 5 chances with the advantage but didn't net one. Dallas accumulated 10 penalty minutes in this contest. The Corsi for the Stars was 47 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 24 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 66.2%. Their Fenwick came in at 31 and the Fenwick against was 17, giving them a Fenwick rate of 64.6%. They tallied 21 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 20 opportunities to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 88.0% and their PDO rating was 85.8 for this one.
The Stars have had 600 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .907. At even strength, the Stars have surrendered 38 goals while scoring 44 themselves. Dallas Stars opponents have totaled 81 power play opportunities (16th in professional hockey) and have scored 18 goals in those chances. For the current season, they have tallied 21 points and their points % is .477. Dallas has tried 627 shots and holds a shot percentage of 10.2%. Pertaining to their goal scoring prowess, the Dallas Stars have racked up 64 goals (26th in the National Hockey League) on the season and have surrendered 56. Dallas has tallied 82 power play chances and they have added 20 goals during those advantages, giving them a rate of 24.39%.
The man in goal for this game is Jake Oettinger. Over the course of his time in hockey, Oettinger has accounted for 4 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .500. He has a save percentage of .918 for his 556 minutes between the pipes. Oettinger has seen 233 shots taken against him and has accrued 214 total saves. The opposition has racked up 19 goals against Oettinger in his pro hockey career and his goals against average is 2.05. He has a mark of 3-1-4 and he has started in 8 games. Oettinger has been involved in 11 contests throughout his pro hockey career.
In their last outing, Columbus went up against the Panthers in an outing where the Blue Jackets went home in defeat by a final score of 5-4. Their PDO was 99 and their oZS percentage was 66.7%. They had 3 chances on the power play in this one and earned 1 out of those attempts. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 43.8% with a Fenwick of 28 and the Panthers having accrued a 36 Fenwick at even strength. The Blue Jackets scored 4 goals of the 32 shots on goal they took. Columbus wrapped up this game with a 45.3% Corsi rating. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Columbus played and it was an excellent showing for this outing.
Columbus has tried 813 shots (11th in pro hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 9.10%, while allowing the other team 872 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 72.46% on the other teams 69 power play tries, and their save percentage currently sits at 89.4%. They have a total of 74 chances on the power play and they have a power play rate of 16.22%. The Blue Jackets are sitting with 62 goals at even strength and 12 goals (27th in professional hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have permitted 92 goals to be scored by way of 73 goals at even strength and 19 goals while they were shorthanded. On the campaign, the Columbus Blue Jackets have earned a total of 74 goals, 26 points, as well as a points percentage of .464.
Across the rink you will find Elvis Merzlikins in the crease. Merzlikins has accumulated a lifetime mark of 16-12-10 and has played in 43 games. Merzlikins' quality start percentage comes out to 53.8% and he has 21 quality starting assignments in his career. He has racked up 1,106 stops out of the 1,203 shots attempted against him, giving him a save % of .919. Opponents are averaging 2.50 goals per contest and he has given up 97 goals overall. He has been a starter 39 contests and his ice time sits at 2,326 minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Dallas (-123)
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