Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Detroit Red Wings - 2/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Detroit Red Wings (13-38-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (29-16-9)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -250 / Detroit Red Wings +200 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Friday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Detroit Red Wings need a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 14.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Bertuzzi leads Detroit with 17 goals, Dylan Larkin has 24 assists and Anthony Mantha has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 72.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 86 goals on 741 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 80 goals on 867 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 17 goals, Pierre-Luc Dubois has 25 assists and Seth Jones has 121 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 78 goals on 901 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 48 goals on 672 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets haven’t allowed more than three goals since December 14.
The Red Wings are 20-44 in their last 64 games playing on 0 days rest, 13-41 in their last 54 road games and 10-42 in their last 52 overall. The Blue Jackets are 5-0 in their last 5 home games, 2-5 in their last 7 Friday games and 17-5 in their last 22 overall. The under is 3-0-1 in Red Wings last 4 overall. The under is 8-2 in Blue Jackets last 10 overall. The Red Wings are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Columbus and 6-20 in the last 26 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 41-15 in the last 56 meetings. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Detroit Red Wings found a way to get the job done last night, but they're still an awful team that you shouldn't make a habit of backing. The Columbus Blue Jackets are playing their best hockey of the season, are rested and aren't giving up anything defensively over the last two months. There's only one way for me to get involved in this game, and that's backing the Blue Jackets. Obviously, I take the PL to shave down an expensive ML price.