Dallas Stars at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/13/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Dallas Stars at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/13/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (10-12-6) vs Dallas Stars (8-9-5)

Game Info: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -106 / Dallas Stars -104 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Dallas Stars and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in NHL action from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Dallas Stars come into this game fresh off of a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in their last matchup. Joe Pavelski leads the Stars in scoring with 24 points including a team-high 13 goals while John Klingberg has 17 points with a team-high 12 assists and Denis Gurianov has a team-high 58 shots on goal this season. The Stars are averaging 3 goals per game on 28.4 shots per game while owning a power play percentage of 26% this season. Defensively, the Stars are allowing 2.5 goals per game on 27.8 shots per contest while owning a penalty kill percentage of 78.9% this season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets could also use a positive result after a 5-4 loss to the Florida Panthers in their last matchup. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 22 points coming on 10 goals and 12 assists, sharing the lead in goals with Cam Atkinson who has 10 goals and 10 assists for his 20 points and also sharing the team-high in assists with Seth Jones who has 12 assists as well this season. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game on 28.9 shots per game while owning a power play percentage of 15.5% while allowing 3.2 goals per game on 31.1 shots per game while owning a penalty kill percentage of 72.7% this season.

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Dallas is 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 3-12 in their last 15 games overall while the over is 3-0-2 in their last 5 games overall. Columbus is 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 17-36 in their last 53 games overall while the over is 2-0-2 in their last 4 games overall. Dallas is 2-10 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between the two teams in Columbus.

I think a case could be made for either side here, as well as both sides of the total. However, I’m going to side with the over here as both teams have been giving up goals In bunches as of late, and while the last two meetings both finished at five goals, the defensive efforts have stalled since then. I think we see a few more goals on Saturday, so I’ll take the over here.

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