Nashville Predators at Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/20/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Columbus Blue Jackets (8-6-4) vs Nashville Predators (6-10)
Game Info: Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -130 / Nashville Predators +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Nashville Predators meet in NHL action from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday night.
The Nashville Predators will look to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to the Blue Jackets in their last matchup. Filip Forsberg leads the Preds in scoring with 14 points including 7 goals and 7 assists while Matt Duchene and Roman Josi each have 8 points with Duchene posting 3 goals and 5 helpers while Josi’s got 2 goals and 6 assists. Mikael Granlund, Ryan Ellis and Viktor Arvidsson each have 7 points with Granlund logging 3 goals and 4 assists and Ellis and Arvidsson each having 2 goals with 5 assists. Juuse Saros and Pekka Rinne have split the goaltending duties for Nashville with each possessing 3 wins, with Rinne logging a 2.74 GAA while Saros has a 3.47 GAA on the year.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to add to their win over Nashville here. Cam Atkinson leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 14 points coming on 7 goals and 7 assists while Oliver Bjorkstrand has 4 goals and 9 assists for his 13 points. Jack Roslovic and Patrik Laine each have 10 points since coming over from the Jets, with Roslovic logging 4 goals and 6 assists while Laine’s got 6 goals and 4 helpers. Nick Foligno, Boone Jenner and Seth Jones each have 9 points with Jones logging 8 assists while Foligno has 4 goals with 5 assists and Jenner has 5 goals and 4 helpers. Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins continue to split the work in goal for Columbus, with Korpisalo logging a 5-6 record with a 3.55 GAA while Merzlikins has 3 wins and a shutout with a 2.51 GAA this season.
Nashville is 1-8 in their last 9 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Columbus is 2-5 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record and 2-9 in their last 11 games following a win while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
It’d be a lot easier for me to make a case for Nashville and the plus money if it wasn’t for Nashville’s ugly 1-6 record on the season up to this point. Columbus has picked up their play lately and tend to play their best at home so I’ll lay the juice with the Blue Jackets in this spot.
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