Nashville Predators vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction, 2/20/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nashville Predators vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (+116) Blue Jackets (-128)
Juuse Saros and the Nashville Predators (6-10-0) head to Nationwide Arena on Saturday where they'll meet the Columbus Blue Jackets (8-6-4). The Blue Jackets open this game at -128 while the Predators are priced at +116. The over/under has been set at 5.5.
The Predators will look for better times on the ice after their 3-0 defeat against the Blue Jackets in their previous contest. The Predators had a below average offensive performance in the loss. For the game, they couldn't finish any of the 32 shots they tried. They also had 1 power play chance but weren't able to notch a goal. Nashville accrued 2 minutes in the box in this game. The Corsi for the Predators was 59 and the Corsi against was 39 which means they had a Corsi rate of 60.2%. Their Fenwick came in at 44 and the Fenwick against was 33, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 57.1%. They amassed 29 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 21 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 58.8% and they had a PDO of 86.4 for this game.
Nashville Predators opponents have 59 power play opportunities (6th in hockey) and have a total of 19 goals in those attempts. The Predators have had 474 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .884. Nashville has attempted 491 shots and has a shooting percentage of 7.1%. While playing at even strength, the Predators let the opposition score 36 goals while earning 27 on the offensive side of the ice. Nashville has accumulated 56 power play opportunities and they have tallied 8 goals out of those chances, giving them a rate of 14.29%. For the season, the have a total of 12 points and their points percentage is .375. In relation to their goal scoring prowess, the Nashville Predators have tallied 35 goals (26th in the NHL) for the season and have surrendered 55.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Juuse Saros. Over the course of his time in hockey, Saros has tallied 65 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .575. He has a save percentage of .916 for his 7,147 minutes guarding the cage. Saros has seen 3,713 shot attempts against him and has garnered 3,400 saves. Opponents have tallied 313 goals against Saros in his professional hockey career and his goals against average per contest is 2.63. He has earned an overall mark of 58-41-16 and he has gotten the start in 113 games. Saros has participated in 129 matchups during his professional hockey career.
In their win over Nashville, Columbus had 1 power play attempt in this contest but didn't score a goal. The Blue Jackets had 3 goals of the 22 shots on goal they tried. They had a PDO at even strength of 114 and their oZS percentage was 41.2%. Columbus wrapped up this game with a 39.8% Corsi rate. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Columbus had and you might say they looked run of the mill in this one. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 42.9% with a Fenwick of 33 and the Predators having earned a 44 Fenwick at even strength.
For the year, the Columbus Blue Jackets have 52 goals, 20 points, in addition to a points percentage of .556. They have allowed 59 goals to be scored by of a combination of 49 goals at even strength and 10 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Blue Jackets have accumulated 45 goals at even strength and 7 goals (25th in hockey) while on the power play. They have recorded 45 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 15.56%. Columbus has tried 524 shots (6th in the league) and has earned a shot percentage of 9.92%, while allowing the opposition 569 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 73.68% on their opponents 38 power play chances, and their save percentage sits at 89.6%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Joonas Korpisalo protecting the net. His opponents are averaging 2.87 goals per contest and he has surrendered 373 goals altogether. Korpisalo's percentage of quality starts sits at 49.2% and he has qualified for 63 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has started in 128 contests and has played for a total of 7,806 mins. Korpisalo has earned a career record of 65-47-17 and has participated in 139 games. He has accrued 3,596 stops out of 3,969 shots attempted, which gives him a save % of .906.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Columbus (-128)
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