Columbus Blue Jackets at Detroit Red Wings - 4/9/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Detroit Red Wings - 4/9/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings (28-34-9) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (33-33-6)

Game Info: Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

Betting Odds: Detroit Red Wings +110 / Columbus Blue Jackets -143 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Detroit Red Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Saturday NHL Action.

The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this road contest with an overall record of 33-33-6. Through 72 games, the Blue Jackets are 6th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 230 times, good for a rank of 12th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Columbus is the 30th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.71 goals per game. So far, the Blue Jackets have a strength of schedule rating of 5th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 23rd ranked team in the NHL.

The Detroit Red Wings get set to host the Columbus Blue Jackets with an overall record of 28-34-9. This mark places them 5th in the Atlantic division. Through 71 games, the Red Wings have scored 205 goals, giving them an average of 2.85. This output gives them a rank of 22nd among NHL teams. On defense, Detroit is the 31st ranked unit, giving up 3.8 goals per contest. So far, the Red Wings have played the 13th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Detroit's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 30th in the NHL.

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Through 53 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets goal and overall scoring leader is Patrik Laine with 52 points. He has reached his mark of 25 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.9%. So far, 16.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 46 assists to go along with his 5 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -12 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.39 goals per game.

Through 66 games, the Detroit Red Wings' goal and overall scoring leader is Dylan Larkin, with 67 points. He has reached his mark of 30 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.2%. So far, 20.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Tyler Bertuzzi, who has 28 assists to go along with his 26 goals. However, when on the ice, the Red Wings are -2.0 in scoring differential. Detroit's top goalie is Alex Nedeljkovic, who is giving up an average of 3.31 goals per game. In his 52 games played, he has turned in 25 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Columbus's 72 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 43-26-3. 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 20-14-1. On the season, 71.0% 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 Detroit's 71 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 41-28-2. So far, taking the over when the Red Wings are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 22-14-1. On the season, 62.0% of Detroit's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 42.0% of the scoring coming from the Red Wings. Look for this game to surpass the over-under line of 5.5 goals.

 

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