Minnesota Wild at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/11/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Wild at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/11/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (28-26-3) vs Minnesota Wild (33-19-3)

Game Info: Friday, March 11, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +147 / Minnesota Wild -182 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Minnesota Wild in Friday NHL Action.

The Minnesota Wild come into this road contest with an overall record of 33-19-3. Through 55 games, the Wild are 3rd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 208 times, good for a rank of 4th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Minnesota is the 19th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.2 goals per game. So far, the Wild have a strength of schedule rating of 21st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 8th ranked team in the NHL. The Columbus Blue Jackets get set to host the Minnesota Wild with an overall record of 28-26-3. This mark places them 5th in the Metropolitan division.

Through 57 games, the Blue Jackets have scored 190 goals, giving them an average of 3.28. This output gives them a rank of 10th among NHL teams. On defense, Columbus is the 29th ranked unit, giving up 3.65 goals per contest. So far, the Blue Jackets have played the 7th 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 54 games, the Minnesota Wild goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 71 points. He has reached his mark of 28 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.4%. So far, 18.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 40 assists to go along with his 17 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +20. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.95 goals per game. In his 35 games played, he has turned in 19 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 57 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets' goal and overall scoring leader is Boone Jenner, with 44 points. He has reached his mark of 23 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.8%. So far, 35.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 40 assists to go along with his 3 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -3 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.47 goals per game. In his 37 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 42 percent of the time.

In Minnesota's 55 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 35-19-1. So far, taking the over when the Wild are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 16-14-1.On the season, 67.0% of Minnesota's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Wild. In Columbus's 57 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 36-19-2. So far, taking the over when the Blue Jackets are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 19-9-2. On the season, 72.0% of Columbus's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 49.0% of the scoring coming from the Blue Jackets. With a line set at 6 goals, I see this matchup going over the betting line.

 

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