Ottawa Senators vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction, 4/22/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Ottawa Senators vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Friday, April 22, 2022
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Senators (+105) Blue Jackets (-130)
Nationwide Arena is where the Columbus Blue Jackets (35-36-6) will try to defeat the Ottawa Senators (29-41-7) on Friday. The line on this contest has Ottawa at +105 and Columbus is at -130. The over/under has been set at 6.
The Ottawa Senators went home feeling good about their game by earning a 4-3 victory over the Canucks their last time out. Ottawa accounted for 4 penalty mins in this game. They also had 1 attempt on the power play but weren't able to convert it into a goal. The Senators had a solid offensive output in the victory. For the matchup, they converted 4 of the 31 shots they tried.
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The Senators have had 2,553 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .902. When playing at even strength, the Senators have conceded 203 goals while notching 164 on the offensive side of the ice. Ottawa Senators opponents have totaled 235 power play opportunities (9th in the NHL) and have racked up 46 goals in those chances. For the season, they have earned 65 points and their points percentage is sitting at .422. Ottawa has taken 2,314 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.0%. When discussing their goal scoring prowess, the Ottawa Senators have racked up 208 goals (26th in the National Hockey League) on the campaign and have surrendered 249. Ottawa has accounted for 226 power play chances and they have notched 44 goals out of those tries, earning them a rate of 19.47%.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Filip Gustavsson. Opponents have racked up 74 goals versus Gustavsson in his pro career and his goals against rate is 3.18. Gustavsson has participated in 25 games throughout his NHL career. He has a save percentage of .903 during his 1,395 minutes in the crease. He has accumulated a win-loss mark of 9-12-3 and he was named the starter in 21 games. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Gustavsson has compiled 12 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .571. Gustavsson has had 764 shots against him and has recorded 690 total saves.
Their last time out, Columbus faced the Sharks in a matchup where the Blue Jackets ended up taking the loss by a tally of 3-2. The Blue Jackets scored 2 goals out of the 24 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play chances in this matchup and recorded 1 goal out of those opportunities.
The Blue Jackets have earned 208 goals at even strength and 35 goals (27th in professional hockey) while on the power play. Columbus has attempted 2,306 shots (22nd in the NHL) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 10.54%, while allowing their opponents 2,717 shots. On the season, the Columbus Blue Jackets have earned a total of 243 goals, 76 points, and a points percentage of .494. They have a total of 202 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 17.33%. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 78.73% on their opponents 221 power play chances, and their save percentage is 89.6%. They have allowed 283 goals to be scored by of a combination of 236 goals at even strength and 47 goals while they had less men on the ice.
Across the rink you will find Elvis Merzlikins between the pipes. His opposition is averaging 2.91 goals per contest and he has allowed 307 goals altogether. Merzlikins' rate of quality starts is 51.9% and he has made 55 quality starts in his professional career. He got the starting nod in 106 games and his ice time sits at 6,334 minutes. Merzlikins is the owner of a career record of 46-42-19 and has played in 115 games. He is sitting with 3,195 stops out of the 3,502 shots taken against him, which gives him a save percentage of .912.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Ottawa (+105)
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