Columbus Blue Jackets vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 3/26/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+205) Wild (-250)
The Columbus Blue Jackets (32-29-3) are en route to Xcel Energy Center on Saturday where they will meet the Minnesota Wild (38-20-4). The odds on this game have the Blue Jackets at +205 and the Wild are priced at -250. The betting total comes in at 6.
The Columbus Blue Jackets had a rough game after their 5-1 loss against the Penguins in their previous game. Columbus earned 8 mins in the box in this game. They also had 4 power play attempts and were able to net 1 goal. The Blue Jackets left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in this defeat. In the game, they scored on 1 of the 27 shots they put on goal.
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Columbus Blue Jackets opponents have 187 power play opportunities (15th in hockey) and have scored 41 goals in those chances. The Blue Jackets have had 2,265 shots attempted against them and have earned a save percentage of .895. Columbus has taken 1,920 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 10.8%. While playing at even strength, the Blue Jackets have surrendered 196 goals while notching 176 on the offensive side of the ice. Columbus steps onto the ice with 168 power play chances and they have added 31 goals during those advantages, garnering them a rate of 18.45%. For the current campaign, they have accumulated 67 points and their points percentage is sitting at .523. In the matter of their scoring capabilities, the Columbus Blue Jackets have notched 207 goals (14th in the National Hockey League) so far this year and have surrendered 237.
The man in net for this game is Jean-Francois Berube. The opposition has racked up 103 goals versus Berube in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per contest is 3.37. Berube has taken the ice for 38 games over the course of his NHL career. His save percentage is at .902 during his 1,833 mins in the crease. He has a win-loss mark of 12-11-4 and he started in 27 games. Over the course of his pro career, Berube has recorded 14 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .519. Berube has had 1,049 shots taken against him and has accrued 946 saves.
When they took the ice last, Minnesota played the Canucks in an outing where the Wild got the win by a tally of 3-2. The Wild scored 3 goals of the 36 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play chances in this contest but weren't able to put one in the back of the net.
Minnesota has attempted 2,030 shots (15th in hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 11.13%, while allowing the other team 1,965 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 76.12% on their oppositions 201 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is currently 90.1%. They have earned 186 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 19.35%. The Wild have 190 goals at even strength and 36 goals (19th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 194 goals to be scored by way of 146 goals at even strength and 48 goals while they were shorthanded. For the season, the Minnesota Wild have a total of 226 goals, 80 points, in addition to a points percentage of .645.
On the other side of the ice you will find Marc-Andre Fleury in goal. His opponents are averaging 2.57 goals per game and he has yielded 2,298 goals in total. Fleury's rate of quality starts is 55.1% and he has 425 quality starts in his hockey career. He got the starting nod in 772 games and has played for a total of 53,731 minutes. Fleury has compiled a career mark of 511-297-87 and has participated in 928 games. He is sitting with 24,096 saves out of 26,394 shots taken, which gives him a rate of .913.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Columbus (+205)
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