Kraken vs Blue Jackets Prediction - NHL Picks 1/13/24

Columbus Blue Jackets (13-20-9) vs Seattle Kraken (18-14-9)

Game Info: Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +175 / Seattle Kraken -222 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Seattle Kraken and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in NHL action from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday night. Can the Kraken keep the winning ways going? Or is Columbus primed for the upset? Let’s dive in and find out with our Kraken vs. Blue Jackets Prediction.

Seattle Kraken Team Preview

The Seattle Kraken come into this one looking to build on their 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals last time out. Vince Dunn leads the Kraken in scoring with 34 points including a team-high 26 assists while Oliver Bjorkstrand also has 31 points with 11 goals and 20 assists. Jared McCann has 23 points with a team-high 14 goals and Eeli Tolvanen has 27 points with 10 goals and 17 assists. Joey Daccord has gone 12-5-8 with a 2.23 GAA and a .925 save percentage in goal for Seattle this season while Philipp Grubauer is 5-9-1 with a 3.25 GAA and an .884 save percentage this season.

Seattle Kraken Team Facts

  • The Kraken have won each of their last eight games.
  • The Kraken have covered the puck line in each of their last four games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in seven of the Kraken's last eight games following a road win.
  • The Kraken have won the first period in each of their last four games.

Columbus Blue Jackets Team Preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this game looking to rebound from a 5-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets last time out. Zach Werenski leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 25 points including a team-high 24 assists while Johnny Gaudreau has 25 points with 18 assists. Kirill Marchenko has 22 points with a team-high 13 goals and Adam Fantilli has 24 points with 11 goals and 13 assists. Ivan Provorov has 21 points with 19 assists and Boone Jenner has 18 points with 13 goals of his own. Elvis Merzlikins has gone 7-8-6 in goal for Columbus with a 3.25 GAA and a .907 save percentage while Spencer Martin is 3-8-1 with a 3.65 GAA and an .887 save percentage this season.

Columbus Blue Jackets Team Facts

  • The Blue Jackets have lost each of their last 12 games against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Blue Jackets have covered the puck line in 10 of their last 11 games as home underdogs against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Blue Jackets' last nine home games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The Blue Jackets have lost the third period in 14 of their last 16 games against opponents on a winning streak.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets rank T29th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.67).
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets rank 25th in the league in power play percentage this season (14.53%).
  • The Seattle Kraken rank 27th in the league for goals per game this season (2.78).
  • The Seattle Kraken rank 28th in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (0.80).

Kraken vs. Blue Jackets Prediction

I’m sticking with the Kraken here. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Kraken are on a roll right now and while the run won’t last forever, you kind of have to stick with the Kraken until the hot hand cools off and I doubt it will against the lowly Blue Jackets. Give me Seattle in this one.

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

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