St. Louis Blues at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/19/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets (31-28-3) vs St. Louis Blues (34-17-9)

Game Info: Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 5:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +139 / St. Louis Blues -172 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Columbus Blue Jackets host the St. Louis Blues in Saturday NHL Action.

The St. Louis Blues come into this road contest with an overall record of 34-17-9. Through 60 games, the Blues are 2nd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 213 times, good for a rank of 5th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, St. Louis is the 7th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.75 goals per game. So far, the Blues have a strength of schedule rating of 24th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 5th ranked team in the NHL.

The Columbus Blue Jackets get set to host the St. Louis Blues with an overall record of 31-28-3. This mark places them 5th in the Metropolitan division. Through 62 games, the Blue Jackets have scored 205 goals, giving them an average of 3.24. This output gives them a rank of 9th among NHL teams. On defense, Columbus is the 31st ranked unit, giving up 3.68 goals per contest. So far, the Blue Jackets have played the 6th 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 22nd in the NHL.

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Through 56 games, the St. Louis Blues goal and overall scoring leader is Jordan Kyrou with 59 points. He has reached his mark of 22 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.2%. So far, 18.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Vladimir Tarasenko, who has 34 assists to go along with his 20 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +3.0. St. Louis's top goalie is Ville Husso, who is giving up an average of 2.22 goals per game. In his 25 games played, he has turned in 16 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 43 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets' goal and overall scoring leader is Patrik Laine, with 46 points. He has reached his mark of 24 goals, on a shooting percentage of 18.9%. So far, 17.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Oliver Bjorkstrand, who has 24 assists to go along with his 22 goals. However, when on the ice, the Blue Jackets are -22 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.4 goals per game. In his 41 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 44% percent of the time.

In this matchup, look for the Blues to pick up the win. When playing at home, the Blue Jackets have an average scoring margin of -.66 goals per game. In addition, they have accounted for just 43% of their scoring in their past 5 games. On the other side, the Blues have been good on the road. I recommend taking St. Louis on the moneyline.

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