Vancouver Canucks vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction, 10/18/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+105) Blue Jackets (-125)
The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to beat the Vancouver Canucks at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Canucks at +105 while the Blue Jackets are priced at -125. The betting total comes in at 6.
The Vancouver Canucks were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 3-2 loss against the Flyers in the last game they played. Vancouver accounted for 17 minutes in the box in this contest. The Canucks offense left a lot to be desired in the defeat. Moreover, they had 5 power play tries but weren't able to score. In the game, they scored on 2 of the 30 shots they tried.
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In terms of their scoring capabilities, the Vancouver Canucks have earned 5 goals (27th in the National Hockey League) on the year and have allowed 8. For the current campaign, they have earned 0 points. Vancouver comes into the game with 13 power play chances and they have tallied 1 goal out of those tries, giving them a rate of 7.69%. When at even strength, the Canucks let the opposition score 4 goals while notching 4 on the offensive side of the ice. Vancouver has attempted 66 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 7.6%. The Canucks thus far have had 56 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .857. Vancouver Canucks opponents have earned 9 power play opportunities (18th in the NHL) and have tallied 4 goals in those attempts.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Thatcher Demko. Demko has played in 138 games over the course of his NHL career. He has compiled a record of 67-55-11 and was named the starter in 132 games. Opponents have scored 381 goals against Demko in his pro hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.85. Demko has had 4,326 shots against him and has gathered 3,945 saves. He has a save percentage of .912 in his 8,028 mins between the pipes. Over the course of his pro career, Demko is sitting with 76 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .576.
In their last outing, Columbus played the Blues in a game where the Blue Jackets ended up taking the loss by a score of 5-2. The Blue Jackets recorded 2 goals out of the 25 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 attempts on the power play in this one but weren't able to notch a goal.
During this campaign, the Columbus Blue Jackets have tallied 5 goals, 0 points, and a points percentage of .000. They have allowed 14 goals to be scored by of a combination of 12 goals at even strength and 2 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Blue Jackets are sitting with 5 goals at even strength and 0 goals (32nd in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have earned 8 power play chances and they have earned a power play rate of 0.00%. Columbus has attempted 85 shots (11th in hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 5.88%, while allowing their opponents 107 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 71.43% on their opponents 7 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is currently 86.9%.
Across the ice you are expected to see Elvis Merzlikins defending the net. His opposition is averaging 2.90 goals per game and he has allowed 323 goals altogether. Merzlikins' percentage of quality starts sits at 52.3% and he has made 58 quality starts in his professional career. He has started in 111 games and has played 6,692 mins. Merzlikins is the owner of a career record of 48-45-20 and has been in goal for 121 games. He has tallied 3,366 stops out of the 3,689 shots taken against him, which gives him a rate of .912.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Vancouver (+105)
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