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Red Wings vs. Blue Jackets - 12/16/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets (12-15-2) at Detroit Red Wings (17-7-7)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Joe Louis Arena)

The Line: Detroit Red Wings -174 / Columbus Blue Jackets +157 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSOH, FSDT

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings play Tuesday night at the Joe Louis Arena.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have won six straight and play their fourth road game of the month. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.4 goals per game on the season and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have five power play goals in their last four games and have won seven of their last nine games when scoring at least three goals. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with 14 goals, Ryan Johansen has 18 assists and Cam Atkinson has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 53 goals on 655 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 28 goals on 272 shots.

Red Wings vs. Blue Jackets - 12/16/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Detroit Red Wings have lost three straight and play their sixth home game of the month. The Red Wings are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last four games. The Detroit Red Wings have three power play goals in their last two games and have won seven of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals. Gustav Nyquist leads Detroit with 14 goals, Henrik Zetterberg has 21 assists and Tomas Tatar has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the Red Wings are allowing 2.4 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Jimmy Howard has allowed 52 goals on 636 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has given up 11 goals on 131 shots.

The Blue Jackets are 3-8 in their last 11 games playing on 2 days rest and 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Red Wings are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and 7-20 in their last 27 Tuesday games. The Blue Jackets are 9-30 in the last 39 meetings in Detroit and 25-56-1 in the last 82 meetings overall.

The Blue Jackets have had no answer for the Red Wings at all over the several years. As long as you don't mind the heavy juice, Detroit has to be the pick here at home. 

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Detroit Red Wings -174

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