Golden Knights vs Blue Jackets Prediction - NHL Picks 3/4/24

Columbus Blue Jackets (20-30-10) vs Vegas Golden Knights (33-21-7)

Game Info: Monday, March 4, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +190 / Vegas Golden Knights -244 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Vegas Golden Knights and Columbus Blue Jackets face off on Monday in a NHL showdown at Nationwide Arena. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Golden Knights vs Blue Jackets prediction.

Golden Knights Are Suddenly Struggling

The Golden Knights have really struggled heading into this game and they have lost two games in a row. Two games ago against the Boston Bruins, they were defeated 5-4 but in the last game against the Buffalo Sabres. The Golden Knights are averaging 3.18 goals while their defense is giving up 2.91 goals per game. The offense is ranked 14th in the league, while the defense is ranked 10th. Jonathan Marchessault has scored 32 goals and added 31 assists so far this season. 

Blue Jackets Coming off a Big Victory

The Blue Jackets are coming off a big victory in the last game. The Blue Jackets faced off against the Chicago Blackhawks and the offense scored five goals in the last game. Cole Silinger had a strong game, putting up a goal. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.93 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.65 goals per game. The offense is ranked 24th in the league, while the defense is ranked 31st. The Blue Jackets are going to need the defense to step up here to really put the pressure on. 

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Prop Facts

  • Johnny Gaudreau has recorded at least one assist in seven of the Blue Jackets' last eight games as home underdogs against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Patrik Laine has scored a goal in seven of his last eight appearances with the Blue Jackets as home underdogs against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Patrik Laine has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine home appearances against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Alexandre Texier has the most Shorthanded Goals for the Blue Jackets this season (2).

Vegas Golden Knights Player Prop Facts

  • Ivan Barbashev has recorded at least one assist in each of the Golden Knights' last five games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • William Karlsson has scored a goal in each of the Golden Knights' last four games as favorites.
  • Jonathan Marchessault has recorded at least one point in each of the Golden Knights' last seven games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Jonathan Marchessault ranks T1st in the Western Conference for shootout goals (3) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets rank 31st in the league for goals against per game this season (3.65).
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets rank 28th in the league in power play percentage this season (14.71%).
  • The Vegas Golden Knights rank T4th in the league for Period 2 goals allowed per game this season (0.89).
  • The Vegas Golden Knights rank 28th in the league in penalty minutes this season (469).

Golden Knights vs Blue Jackets Betting Prediction

The Golden Knights are really struggling, and I don’t trust them here. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.93 goals, but the Golden Knights defense is an issue. The Golden Knights are averaging 3.18, but they are going to really struggle to defend in this game. The Blue Jackets are going to get out to a fast start, and they are going to get the job done. Back the Blue Jackets on the money line. 

Shane’s Pick Blue Jackets ML

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