New Jersey Devils at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/1/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New Jersey Devils at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/1/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (27-24-1) vs New Jersey Devils (18-29-5)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets / New Jersey Devils --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Columbus Blue Jackets host the New Jersey Devils in Tuesday NHL Action.

The New Jersey Devils come into this road contest with an overall record of 18-29-5. Through 52 games, the Devils are 8th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 157 times, good for a rank of 17th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New Jersey is the 28th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.6 goals per game. So far, the Devils have a strength of schedule rating of 14th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 25th ranked team in the NHL.

The Columbus Blue Jackets get set to host the New Jersey Devils with an overall record of 27-24-1. This mark places them 5th in the Metropolitan division. Through 52 games, the Blue Jackets have scored 173 goals, giving them an average of 3.27. This output gives them a rank of 11th among NHL teams. On defense, Columbus is the 26th ranked unit, giving up 3.63 goals per contest. So far, the Blue Jackets have played the 12th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Columbus's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 21st in the NHL.

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Through 47 games, the New Jersey Devils goal and overall scoring leader is Jesper Bratt with 48 points. He has reached his mark of 18 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.8%. So far, 17.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jack Hughes, who has 21 assists to go along with his 15 goals. However, when on the ice, the Devils are -11.0 in scoring differential. New Jersey's top goalie is Mackenzie Blackwood, who is giving up an average of 3.29 goals per game.

Through 52 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets' goal and overall scoring leader is Boone Jenner, with 41 points. He has reached his mark of 22 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.5%. So far, 32.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 35 assists to go along with his 2 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -6 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.42 goals per game. In his 32 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 45% percent of the time.

In New Jersey's 52 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 29-20-1. So far, taking the over when the Devils are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 16-8.On the season, 63.0% of New Jersey's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Devils In Columbus's 52 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 32-17. On the season, taking the over when the Blue Jackets are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 16-8. So far, 71.0% of Columbus's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 49.0% of the scoring coming from the Blue Jackets. I see this being a high-scoring game and recommend taking the over.

 

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