Colorado Avalanche vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 11/9/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Columbus Blue Jackets (6-7-3) at Colorado Avalanche (9-5-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche / Columbus Blue Jackets --- Over/Under:
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche meet Saturday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Pierre-Luc Dubois leads Columbus with six goals, Seth Jones has seven assists and Cam Atkinson has 62 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 76.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 38 goals on 365 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 14 goals on 119 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Colorado Avalanche also need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with nine goals, Mikko Rantanen has seven assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 26 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 31 goals on 366 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed 15 goals on 160 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Blue Jackets are 0-6 in their last 6 Saturday games. The Blue Jackets are 2-10 in their last 12 overall. The Blue Jackets are 80-36-2 in their last 118 vs. Central. The over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 12-3-1 in the last 16 meetings in Colorado. The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Colorado. The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have won six of their last eight meetings against the Colorado Avalanche and despite their recent struggles, the defensive effort is still there and has been more consistent than Colorado over the last week. The Colorado Avalanche are probably due for a bounce back win and should be favored on their home ice, but the Blue Jackets have had a lot of success against these Avalanche and have actually won the last two meetings by a combined score of 11-5. I'll take a stab with the road team.