Columbus Blue Jackets at Anaheim Ducks - 4/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Anaheim Ducks - 4/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks (29-33-14) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (35-33-6)

Game Info: Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 8:30 pm (Honda Center)

Betting Odds: Anaheim Ducks -138 / Columbus Blue Jackets +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Anaheim Ducks host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Sunday NHL Action

The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this road contest with an overall record of 35-33-6. Through 74 games, the Blue Jackets are 6th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 240 times, good for a rank of 13th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Columbus is the 28th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.68 goals per game. So far, the Blue Jackets have a strength of schedule rating of 13th 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 Anaheim Ducks get set to host the Columbus Blue Jackets with an overall record of 29-33-14. This mark places them 6th in the Pacific division. Through 76 games, the Ducks have scored 213 goals, giving them an average of 2.75. This output gives them a rank of 22nd among NHL teams. On defense, Anaheim is the 23rd-ranked unit, giving up 3.21 goals per contest. So far, the Ducks have played the 7th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Anaheim'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 55 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets goal and overall scoring leader is Patrik Laine, with 56 points. He has reached his mark of 26 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.9%. So far, 19.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 49 assists to go along with his 5 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -10 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.35 goals per game..

Through 69 games, the Anaheim Ducks' goal and overall scoring leader is Troy Terry, with 60 points. He has reached his mark of 34 goals, on a shooting percentage of 20.2%. So far, 24.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Trevor Zegras, who has 35 assists to go along with his 20 goals. However, when on the ice the Ducks are --23 in scoring differential. Anaheim's top goalie is John Gibson, who is giving up an average of 3.16 goals per game. In his 52 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 50 percent of the time.

In Columbus's 74 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 44-27-3. 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 21-14-1. 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 Anaheim's 76 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 37-36-3. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing at home, going just 16-20-2. On the season, 53.0% of Anaheim's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 45.0% of the scoring coming from the Ducks. Look for this matchup to surpass the line of 5.5 goals, as both Anaheim and Columbus' defense have expected goals allowed averages near the bottom of the league. I recommend taking the over.

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