Vancouver Canucks vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction, 11/26/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Friday, November 26, 2021
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Elvis Merzlikins and the Columbus Blue Jackets (11-6-0) host the Vancouver Canucks (6-12-2) at Nationwide Arena on Friday.
The Canucks were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4-1 defeat to the Penguins their last time on the ice. The offensive zone starts for them sat at 62.2% and their PDO rating was 91.7 in this game. They accrued 25 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 19 attempts to gain puck control. Their Fenwick was 39 and the Fenwick against was 33, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 54.2%. The Corsi for the Canucks came in at 51 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 43 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 54.3%. Vancouver compiled 4 mins in the box in this game. They also had 1 attempt on the power play but didn't convert it into a score. The Canucks didn't have a great showing offensively in this defeat. While out there on the ice, they netted 1 out of the 37 shots they put on net.
The Canucks have had 639 shots attempted against them and have earned a save percentage of .898. When at even strength, the Canucks let the opposition score 41 goals while having 35 of their own. Vancouver Canucks opponents have 65 power play tries (5th in pro hockey) and have earned 24 goals in those attempts. For the year, they have tallied 14 points and their points percentage sits at .350. Vancouver has tried 660 shots and has a shot percentage of 7.0%. In the matter of their scoring capabilities, the Vancouver Canucks have accumulated 46 goals (27th in hockey) this year and have allowed 65. Vancouver has 69 power play chances and they have notched 11 goals out of those attempts, giving them a percentage of 15.94%.
The player between the pipes for this game is Thatcher Demko. Demko has been in net for 88 contests throughout his pro hockey career. He has earned a win-loss record of 40-40-5 and he started in 85 games. The opposition has scored 254 goals versus Demko in his career and his average for goals against per game is 2.96. Demko has had 2,814 shots against him and has garnered 2,560 saves. He has a save percentage of .910 during his 5,148 minutes between the pipes. Over the course of his pro career, Demko has 48 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .565.
Their last time out, Columbus faced the Jets in a matchup where the Blue Jackets got the win by a final of 3-0. They had 3 power play opportunities in this one and scored 1 goal out of those opportunities. The Blue Jackets netted 3 goals of the 32 shots on goal they tried. Their PDO at even strength was 108 and their oZS percentage was 50.0%. Columbus wrapped up this game with a 40.9% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Columbus had and it shows us they played like an average team. Their Fenwick percentage was 45.2% with a Fenwick of 33 and the Jets finishing with a 40 Fenwick.
The Blue Jackets have 48 goals at even strength and 10 goals (22nd in professional hockey) while on the power play. Columbus has taken 535 shots (26th in the NHL) and has earned a shooting percentage of 10.84%, while allowing the opposition 577 shots. Over the course of the season, the Columbus Blue Jackets have earned a total of 58 goals, 22 points, in addition to a points percentage of .647. They have a tally of 50 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play rate of 20.00%. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 83.02% on their opponents 53 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage sits at 91.2%. They have allowed 51 goals to be scored by way of 42 goals at even strength and 9 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the ice you are likely to see Elvis Merzlikins in net. Merzlikins is the owner of a career mark of 29-24-13 and has played in 72 games. Merzlikins' quality start rate is 58.5% and he has made 38 quality starting assignments in his career. He has a tally of 1,944 stops out of the 2,111 shots attempted, which gives him a percentage of .921. His opponents are averaging 2.52 goals per contest and he has surrendered 167 goals overall. He has made the start in 65 games and has played for a total of 3,975 minutes.
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Guy's Pick: Take Vancouver
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