Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Columbus Blue Jackets (32-22-15) at Vancouver Canucks (35-26-6)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -145 / Columbus Blue Jackets +131 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks meet Sunday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 21 goals, Pierre-Luc Dubois has 30 assists and Seth Jones has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 89 goals on 1,007 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 70 goals on 892 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 15 of their last 22 games.
The Vancouver Canucks need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 24.7 percent of their power play opportunities. JT Miller leads Vancouver with 27 goals, Quinn Hughes has 44 assists and Tanner Pearson has 161 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 117 goals on 1,420 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 72 goals on 751 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in 14 of their last 16 games.
The Blue Jackets are 6-2 in their last 8 Sunday games, 0-7 in their last 7 road games and 2-12 in their last 14 overall. The Canucks are 13-4 in their last 17 home games, 2-6 in their last 8 Sunday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The over is 7-3 in Blue Jackets last 10 overall. The over is 5-0 in Canucks last 5 home games. The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Vancouver and 8-19 in the last 27 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have outscored the Vancouver Canucks 10-3 in the last two meetings and are still a solid defensive club despite losing games left and right. The Vancouver Canucks are piling up the losses as well, but their defensive effort hasn't been on the same level of the Blue Jackets. I don't want to bet this game, but if forced to pick, I'd side with the Blue Jackets and the plus money.