Columbus Blue Jackets at Winnipeg Jets - 3/25/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Winnipeg Jets - 3/25/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg Jets (30-24-10) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (32-29-3)

Game Info: Friday, March 25, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Canada Life Centre)

Betting Odds: Winnipeg Jets -213 / Columbus Blue Jackets +169 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Winnipeg Jets host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Friday NHL Action.

The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this road contest with an overall record of 32-29-3. Through 64 games, the Blue Jackets are 5th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 211 times, good for a rank of 10th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Columbus is the 32nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.7 goals per game. So far, the Blue Jackets have a strength of schedule rating of 4th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 21st ranked team in the NHL.

The Winnipeg Jets get set to host the Columbus Blue Jackets with an overall record of 30-24-10. This mark places them 6th in the Central division. Through 64 games, the Jets have scored 201 goals, giving them an average of 3.13. This output gives them a rank of 15th among NHL teams. On defense, Winnipeg is the 18th ranked unit, giving up 3.03 goals per contest. So far, the Jets have played the 7th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Winnipeg's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 17th in the NHL.

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Through 45 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets goal and overall scoring leader is Patrik Laine, with 48 points. He has reached his mark of 25 goals, on a shooting percentage of 19.4%. So far, 16.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Oliver Bjorkstrand, who has 26 assists to go along with his 22 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are --23 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.38 goals per game.

Through 64 games, the Winnipeg Jets' goal and overall scoring leader is Kyle Connor, with 79 points. He has reached his mark of 39 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.2%. So far, 18.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mark Scheifele, who has 33 assists to go along with his 24 goals. However, when on the ice the Jets are -16 in scoring differential. Winnipeg's top goalie is Connor Hellebuyck, who is giving up an average of 2.95 goals per game. In his 54 games played, he has turned in 31 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Columbus's 64 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 39-22-3. So far, taking the over when the Blue Jackets are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 17-12-1. On the season, 72.0% of Columbus's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Blue Jackets. In Winnipeg's 64 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 35-27-2. So far, taking the over when the Jets are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 18-11-2. On the season, 59.0% of Winnipeg's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 51.0% of the scoring coming from the Jets. Look for the Blue Jackets to have a big night scoring, helping push this game over the betting line of 6 goals.

 

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