1/23/16 Expert NHL Hockey Picks & Predictions Tonight
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NHL Starting Goalies
- Columbus Blue Jackets -> Joonas Korpisalo
Joonas Korpisalo entered Thursday night’s game early in the second period after Sergei Bobrovsky left the contest vs. Calgary. Korpisalo allowed two goals on 14 shots and took the loss. His record is now 3-5-1 with a .906 save percentage and 3.06 goals against average
- Boston Bruins -> Tuukka Rask
Rask will be looking for a little redemption after his last start, a 4-2 loss to Vancouver on Thursday in which he allowed three goals on 26 shots. For the season Rask sports a 16-14-4 record with a 2.47 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.
Tuukka Rask has allowed 83 goals on 996 shots faced. Rask has also allowed six goals in his last three games.
Blue Jackets vs Bruins Preview
Columbus are horrifically averaging 2.5 goals per game while scoring on 17.7 percent of their power plays. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are pathetically allowing 3.2 goals per game, while in the penalty killing converting on 80.6% of their power play chances.
Scott Hartnell leads Columbus with 16 goals, Brandon Saad has 16 assists and Boone Jenner has 123 shots on goal.
Sergei Bobrovsky injury issues will again have him sidelined when the Blue Jackets visit Boston tonight, while coach John Tortorella suffered his own injury in practice and won’t make the game. What the puck?
Boston is currently averaging 3.00 goals per game while scoring on 27% of their power plays. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their power play chances.
Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with 18 goals, Loui Eriksson has 23 assists and Brad Marchand has 130 shots on goal.
Rask is 3-2-0 with a 1.75 goals against average and .940 save percentage as a starter against Columbus, but he’s in the midst of his worst home season of his career. The former Vezina Trophy winner is 8-10-1 with a 2.92 goals against average and .898 save percentage this season after posting a 1.96 goals against average and .932 marks through 2014-15.
Money Line Odds
- Columbus: (+175)
- Boston: (-220)
Game Total Odds
- Over 5.5: (+110)
- Under 5.5: (-120)
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Boston Bruins Free NHL Pick Tonight 1/23/16
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