St. Louis Blues vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction, 3/19/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (-175) Blue Jackets (+145)
The Columbus Blue Jackets (31-28-3) will try to beat the St. Louis Blues (34-17-9) at Nationwide Arena on Saturday. The moneyline on this game has the Blues at -175 and the Blue Jackets are sitting at +145. The total comes in at 6.
The St. Louis Blues were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 3-2 loss to the Penguins their last time out. St. Louis amassed 10 minutes in the box for this game. The Blues didn't have a great showing offensively in this defeat. They also had 5 power play tries but weren't able to score a goal. In the outing, they earned a goal on 2 of the 25 shots they put on net.
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St. Louis Blues opponents have earned 177 power play tries (15th in the NHL) and have tallied 30 goals in those chances. The Blues have had 1,902 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .913. St. Louis has taken 1,837 shots and has a shot percentage of 11.5%. While at even strength, the Blues have allowed the opponent to score 135 goals while scoring 167 on offense. St. Louis is sitting with 172 power play opportunities and they have added 44 goals out of those tries, earning them a percentage of 25.58%. For the season, they have racked up 77 points and their points percentage is .642. In relation to scoring goals, the St. Louis Blues have accounted for 211 goals (5th in hockey) on the season and have allowed 165.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Ville Husso. The opposition has scored 103 goals against Husso in his professional career and his goals against average is 2.60. Husso has played in 42 contests over the course of his pro hockey career. His save percentage currently is .916 in his 2,374 minutes between the pipes. He has accumulated an overall record of 24-10-5 and got the start in 39 games. Over the course of his pro career, Husso has accrued 23 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .590. Husso has had 1,229 shots against him and has accrued 1,126 saves.
Their last time out, Columbus faced the Capitals in a game where the Blue Jackets ended up taking the loss by a final score of 7-2. They had 5 power play opportunities in this game and scored 1 goal out of those tries. The Blue Jackets scored 2 goals out of the 41 shots on goal they tried.
Over the course of the season, the Columbus Blue Jackets have accumulated 201 goals, 65 points, in addition to a points percentage of .524. They have allowed 228 goals to be scored by way of 190 goals at even strength and 38 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Blue Jackets have racked up 172 goals at even strength and 29 goals (27th in the NHL) while on the power play. They have recorded 160 power play chances and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 18.13%. Columbus has taken 1,866 shots (17th in hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 10.77%, while allowing their opponents 2,200 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 78.89% on their opponents 180 power play tries, and their save percentage sits at 89.6%.
For the opposition you will find Elvis Merzlikins defending the goal. Opponents are averaging 2.88 goals/game and he has yielded 268 goals in total. Merzlikins' quality start percentage comes out to 51.6% and he has made 48 quality starts in his professional career. He has been a starter 93 games and has played 5,574 minutes. Merzlikins has accumulated a lifetime record of 43-36-16 and has participated in 102 contests. He has recorded 2,796 stops out of 3,064 shots taken against him, which gives him a save % of .913.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take St. Louis (-175)
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