Vegas Golden Knights at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/13/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vegas Golden Knights at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/13/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (29-27-3) vs Vegas Golden Knights (32-24-4)

Game Info: Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +159 / Vegas Golden Knights -200 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Columbus Jackets host the Vegas Golden Knights in Sunday NHL Action.

The Vegas Golden Knights come into this road contest with an overall record of 32-24-4. Through 60 games, the Golden Knights are 3rd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 188 times, good for a rank of 13th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Vegas is the 17th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.93 goals per game. So far, the Golden Knights have a strength of schedule rating of 13th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 14th ranked team in the NHL.

The Columbus Jackets get set to host the Vegas Golden Knights with an overall record of 29-27-3. This mark places them 5th in the Metropolitan division. Through 59 games, the Jackets have scored 193 goals, giving them an average of 3.2. This output gives them a rank of 9th among NHL teams. On defense, Columbus is the 31st ranked unit, giving up 3.66 goals per contest. So far, the Jackets have played the 6th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Columbus's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 22nd in the NHL.

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Through 54 games, the Vegas Golden Knights goal and overall scoring leader is Jonathan Marchessault with 45 points. He has reached his mark of 24 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.0%. So far, 21.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Chandler Stephenson, who has 29 assists to go along with his 14 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +3.0. Vegas's top goalie is Robin Lehner, who is giving up an average of 2.77 goals per game.

Through 59 games, the Columbus Jackets' goal and overall scoring leader is Boone Jenner, with 44 points. He has reached his mark of 23 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.4%. So far, 35.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 40 assists to go along with his 3 goals. However, when on the ice the Jackets are -4 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.42 goals per game. In his 38 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 43 percent of the time.

On the season, the Vegas Golden Knights have a per-game scoring differential of 0.18. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.21 goals. As the Vegas Golden Knights get set to take on the Jackets, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3. During this stretch, they have scored 11 goals, accounting for 42.0% of the scoring in these contests. If the Golden Knights hope to break out of their slump, they need to pick up their offensive play. During this stretch, they have outscored their average of 2.93 goals, just 1 time. Look for the Golden Knights to break out of their recent scoring slump in a win over the Blue Jackets.

 

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Joe’s Pick Golden Knights -200

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