Detroit Red Wings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 12/17/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Columbus Blue Jackets (13-14-6) at Detroit Red Wings (9-23-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm (Little Caesars Arena)
The Line: Detroit Red Wings / Columbus Blue Jackets --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Pierre-Luc Dubois leads Columbus with 10 goals, Seth Jones has 13 assists and Cam Atkinson has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 66 goals on 700 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 27 goals on 243 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 11 games.
The Detroit Red Wings need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 12 goals, Tyler Bertuzzi has 16 assists and Darren Helm has 46 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 73.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 47 goals on 415 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 63 goals on 609 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed four or more goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-7 in their last 8 road games and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Red Wings are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-7 in their last 8 home games and 18-41 in their last 59 overall. The under is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 games playing on 0 days rest. The over is 4-1 in Red Wings last 5 home games. The Blue Jackets are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Detroit and 19-7 in the last 26 meetings. The favorite is 40-15 in the last 55 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have dominated this series over the years with wins in nine of the last 10 meetings. However, neither of these teams are playing winning hockey at the moment, and it's the Columbus Blue Jackets that's on the end of a back to back. The Detroit Red Wings have shown signs of life recently with a pair of wins and you have to value having home ice advantage on top of the rest advantage. I'll take a stab with the Red Wings over a Blue Jackets team on the end of a back to back and can't win on the road.