Columbus Blue Jackets vs Dallas Stars Prediction, 10/30/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Dallas Stars
Date: Monday, October 30, 2023
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+215) Stars (-300)
The Dallas Stars (4-1-1) are hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets (3-3-2) at American Airlines Center on Monday. The moneyline on this contest has Columbus at +215 while Dallas is coming in at -300. The over/under is 7.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will need a bounce back game after taking a 2-0 loss to the Islanders in their previous game. Columbus earned 6 penalty minutes for this contest. The Blue Jackets had a below average offensive outing in the defeat. Moreover, they had 3 power play opportunities but didn't net one. In the game, they weren't able to score on any of the 34 shots they looked to score on.
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Concerning their goal scoring prowess, the Columbus Blue Jackets have notched 20 goals (22nd in the NHL) on the campaign and have conceded 25. For the season, they have recorded 8 points and their points % is .500. Columbus comes into the game with 28 power play opportunities and they have tallied 5 goals during those advantages, earning them a rate of 17.86%. While at even strength, the Blue Jackets let the opposition score 20 goals while earning 15 on the offensive side of the ice. Columbus has taken 267 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 7.5%. The Blue Jackets so far have had 261 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .904. Columbus Blue Jackets opponents have tallied 28 power play tries (15th in pro hockey) and have earned 5 goals in those chances.
The man protecting the net in this game is Elvis Merzlikins. Merzlikins has been involved in 155 games over the course of his pro hockey career. He has accumulated a win-loss mark of 57-63-24 and got the start in 142 games. Opponents have racked up 442 goals against Merzlikins in his pro career and his goals against average is 3.13. Merzlikins has seen 4,697 shots against him and he has 4,255 saves. He has a save percentage of .906 during his 8,479 mins on the ice. For his career, Merzlikins is sitting with 68 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .479.
Their last time out, Dallas squared up with the Maple Leafs in an outing where the Stars ended up taking the loss by a mark of 4-1. The Stars earned 1 goal of the 32 shots on goal they took. They had 2 opportunities on the power play in this matchup but weren't able to notch a goal.
On the season, the Dallas Stars have accumulated 16 goals, 9 points, as well as a points percentage of .750. They have granted a total of 14 goals to be scored by way of 13 goals at even strength and 1 goal while they were shorthanded. The Stars are sitting with 14 goals at even strength and 2 goals (30th in the NHL) while having more men on the ice. They have recorded 18 power play opportunities and they have a power play rate of 11.11%. Dallas has tried 175 shots (31st in hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 9.14%, while allowing their opponents 190 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 94.74% on the other teams 19 power play tries, and their save percentage comes in at 92.6%.
Across the ice you are likely to see Jake Oettinger protecting the net. His opponents are averaging 2.39 goals/game and he has allowed 327 goals altogether. Oettinger's quality start percentage sits at 60.7% and he has qualified for 82 quality starts in his NHL career. He got the starting nod in 135 games and has played 8,207 mins. Oettinger is the owner of a career record of 81-34-20 and has been in goal for 143 games. He is sitting with 3,616 saves out of the 3,943 shots tried, which gives him a save % of .917.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Dallas (-300)
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