Nashville Predators vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction, 2/18/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nashville Predators vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (-145) Blue Jackets (+118)
Juuse Saros and the Nashville Predators (6-9-0) go to Nationwide Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Columbus Blue Jackets (7-6-4). The line on this matchup has the Predators priced at -145 and the Blue Jackets are at +118. The total is set at 5.5.
The Predators had a rough game after their 4-2 loss against the Red Wings in their previous game. The Predators left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the defeat. In the game, they earned a goal on 2 out of the 23 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to score a goal. Nashville compiled 4 penalty minutes in this contest. The Corsi for the Predators sat at 49 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 41 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 54.4%. Their Fenwick came in at 37 and the Fenwick against was 32, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 53.6%. They compiled 19 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 23 opportunities to gain puck control. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 78.8% and their PDO rating was 92.7 for this one.
Pertaining to their scoring, the Nashville Predators have accumulated 35 goals (24th in pro hockey) this year and have given up 52. For the current campaign, the have a total of 12 points and their points % is .400. Nashville comes into the game with 55 power play chances and they have tallied 8 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 14.55%. When playing at even strength, the Predators let the opposition score 33 goals while getting 27 themselves. Nashville has attempted 459 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 7.6%. The Predators have had 452 shots taken against them and have earned a save percentage of .885. Nashville Predators opponents have tallied 59 power play tries (4th in the NHL) and have racked up 19 goals in those chances.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Juuse Saros. In his career, Saros is sitting with 65 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .580. His save percentage sits at .916 for his 7,088 minutes in the crease. Saros has had 3,692 shot attempts against him and has accrued 3,381 saves. Opponents have tallied 311 goals against Saros in his pro hockey career and his goals against average is 2.63. He has accumulated a win-loss mark of 58-40-16 and he has started in 112 games. Saros has been in goal for 128 games during his NHL career.
In their last game, Columbus went up against the Hurricanes in an outing where the Blue Jackets took a loss by a tally of 7-3. They had 3 power play opportunities in this one but didn't put one in the back of the net. The Blue Jackets recorded 3 goals of the 40 shots on goal they took. Their PDO was 92 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 47.4%. Columbus went home with a 50.0% Corsi rating. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Columbus had and it tells us they had an average game overall. Their Fenwick percentage was 50.6% by compiling a Fenwick of 44 and the Hurricanes having accrued a 43 Fenwick.
The Blue Jackets have accumulated 42 goals at even strength and 7 goals (24th in the league) while on the power play. Columbus has tried 502 shots (6th in hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 9.76%, while allowing their opponents 537 shots. This season, the Columbus Blue Jackets are sitting with 49 goals, 18 points, in addition to a points percentage of .529. They have earned 45 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play rate of 15.56%. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 72.97% on their opponents 37 power play chances, and their save percentage sits at 89.0%. They have allowed 59 goals to be scored by of a combination of 49 goals at even strength and 10 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the ice you are expected to see Joonas Korpisalo protecting the goal. He is sitting with 3,596 stops out of 3,969 shots tried, which gives him a save percentage of .906. Korpisalo has compiled a career record of 65-47-17 and has been in goal for 139 games. He has been a starter 128 contests and has been on the ice for 7,806 mins. Korpisalo's quality start percentage sits at 49.2% and he has made 63 quality starts in his NHL career. Teams are averaging 2.87 goals per contest and he has surrendered 373 goals in total.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Columbus (+118) and under 5.5 goals
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