Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Colorado Avalanche (30-16-6) at Columbus Blue Jackets (30-16-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +130 / Colorado Avalanche -154 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Saturday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 30 goals, Cale Makar has 28 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 85 goals on 948 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed 45 goals on 593 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look for another win after winning 11 of their last 13 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 have allowed three combined goals in their last three games.
The Avalanche are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite, 38-18 in their last 56 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Blue Jackets are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-0 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 17-5 in their last 22 overall. The over is 4-1 in Avalanche last 5 overall. The under is 8-2 in Blue Jackets last 10 overall. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Columbus. The over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche are playing great hockey and are the eighth most profitable team in the sport right now, and they have the rest advantage. However, the Columbus Blue Jackets are piling up wins left and right as well, and their defense has consistently shown up, which includes back to back shutouts. The Columbus Blue Jackets for whatever reason continue to get these disrespectful odds and I don't understand it. I'll gladly take the plus money with the Blue Jackets on their home ice.