Ducks vs Blue Jackets Prediction - NHL Picks 10/24/23

Columbus Blue Jackets (3-2) vs Anaheim Ducks (1-4)

Game Info: Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 6:30 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -146 / Anaheim Ducks +122 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Anaheim Ducks will play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Anaheim comes into this game on a three game losing streak, while Columbus has won three of their last four games. 

Ducks Preview

The Anaheim Ducks are 1-4-0 this season after they lost to the Boston Bruins by a score of 3-1 in their last game. Anaheim took a 1-0 lead in the third period, but they gave up three unanswered goals for the loss. The Ducks out shot Boston by a total of 31-26 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. Anaheim has also lost to Arizona and Dallas during this losing streak. The Anaheim Ducks are scoring 2.20 goals per game and they are allowing 3.00 goals against per game, while going 6.7% on the power play and 74.1% on the penalty kill. Frank Vatrano has led the Ducks this season with four goals, one assist, and 20 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Anaheim is Lukas Dostal, who is 1-1-0 this year with a 2.55 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. 

Blue Jackets Preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets are 3-2-0 this year after they defeated the Minnesota Wild by a score of 5-4 in overtime in their last game. Columbus led 2-0 in the second period and 4-3 late in the third, before allowing the tying goal to send it overtime. The Blue Jackets out shot Minnesota by a total of 54-28 and went 3-3 on the penalty kill. Columbus also has wins over the Flames and Rangers this season. The Columbus Blue Jackets are scoring 3.00 goals per game and they are allowing 3.20 goals against per game, while going 14.3% on the power play and 81.3% on the penalty kill. Boone Jenner has led the Blue Jackets this year with four goals, one assist, and 16 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Columbus is Elvis Merzlikins, who is 2-1-0 this year with a 2.61 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.

Columbus Blue Jackets Team Facts

  • The underdogs have won four of the Blue Jackets' last five games.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in each of the last four games between the Ducks and Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
  • The Blue Jackets have lost the third period in each of their last four games following an overtime win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Blue Jackets' last nine Tuesday night games.

Anaheim Ducks Team Facts

  • The Ducks have lost 17 of their last 18 games.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in each of the Ducks' last four games at Nationwide Arena.
  • The Ducks have lost the second period in four of their last five games as underdogs following a home loss.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Ducks' last 11 games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Prop Facts

  • Patrik Laine has scored a goal in seven of his last nine appearances against Pacific Division opponents at Nationwide Arena.
  • Patrik Laine has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine appearances against Pacific Division opponents at Nationwide Arena.
  • Johnny Gaudreau has recorded at least one assist in each of his last seven appearances against the Ducks.
  • Damon Severson has the highest Plus/Minus for the Blue Jackets this season (+4).

Anaheim Ducks Player Prop Facts

  • Trevor Zegras has scored a goal in each of the Ducks' last three games against the Blue Jackets.
  • Adam Henrique has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Cam Fowler has recorded at least one assist in six of the Ducks' last seven games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Frank Vatrano is one of only five players in the league to record a hat trick this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets ranks 25th in the league for shots against per game this season (34.4).
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets ranks T9th in the league for power play goals against this season (3).
  • The Anaheim Ducks ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (0).
  • The Anaheim Ducks ranks 32nd in the league for goals in Period 2 per game this season (0.20).

Pick

Anaheim has struggled to start this season, especially offensively, where they have scored two goals or fewer in four out of five games. Columbus has won three out of four games, including two in a row against Minnesota and Calgary. The Blue Jackets are at home and have the upper hand on the power play and penalty kill to start the season. I don’t trust this Anaheim offensive attack at all and I think we are going to see a lower scoring game. Take the under here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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