Colorado Avalanche vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction NHL Picks 4/1/24

Columbus Blue Jackets (24-38-12) vs Colorado Avalanche (47-21-6)

Game Info: Monday, April 1, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +215 / Colorado Avalanche -278 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article, we will formulate an Avalanche vs Blue Jackets betting prediction for this NHL showdown on Monday, April 1st at Nationwide Arena. We will take a look at: 

-The Colorado Avalanche's recent form and recent player performance

-The Columbus Blue Jackets recent form and recent player performance

-A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for today’s game between the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Avalanche Coming off a Dominant Victory

In the last game against the Nashville Predators, the Avalanche scored seven goals, and they ended up winning by three goals. Nathan MacKinnon had a strong game putting up two goals and two assists. The Avalanche are averaging 3.74 goals, while their defense is giving up 2.96 goals per game. The offense is the best in the NHL while the defense is ranked 12th. Nathan MacKinnon has scored 47 goals and added 80 assists so far this season. The Avalanche will meet the Wild and Oilers after this one.

Blue Jackets Coming off Shootout Win

The Columbus Blue Jackets in the last game faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins and they were able to secure a 4-3 victory in a shootout. It took two goals in the third period to tie the game. Elvis Merzlikins saved 30 of the 33 shots that he faced. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.84 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.65 goals per game. The offense is ranked 25th in the league, while the defense is ranked 31st. 

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Prop Facts

  • Patrik Laine has recorded at least one assist in three of his last four appearances with his team as an underdog against the Avalanche.
  • Patrik Laine has scored a goal in three of his last four appearances in night games.
  • Boone Jenner has recorded a point in each of the Blue Jackets' last six games against the Avalanche.
  • Jake Christiansen has recorded two hits against the Avalanche this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Colorado Avalanche Player Prop Facts

  • Devon Toews has recorded at least one point in each of the Avalanche's last four games.
  • Nathan MacKinnon has scored at least one goal in four of the Avalanche's last five games.
  • Cale Makar has recorded at least one assist in each of the Avalanche's last eight Monday games.
  • Nathan MacKinnon ranks 1st in the league for Points (127) 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 31st in the league in power play percentage this season (14.57%).
  • The Colorado Avalanche rank 1st in the league for goals per game this season (3.74).
  • The Colorado Avalanche rank 6th in the league in power play percentage this season (24.90%).

Avalanche vs Blue Jackets

The Avalanche are averaging 3.74 goals per game and even on the road, they are going to find success here. The Blue Jackets offense is ranked 25th in the league, and they aren’t going to run up the score here. The Avalanche will score at least five goals here, and that is going to be the difference here, as Colorado is going to cruise to the easy victory. Back the Avalanche on the puck line here. 

Shane’s Pick Avalanche -1.5

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