Blue Jackets vs. Wild - 12/31/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (17-13-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (15-16-3)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -105 / Minnesota Wild -105 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, FSOH
The Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets play Wednesday night at the Nationwide Arena.
The Minnesota Wild have lost five of their last six games and end a short two-game road trip. The Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Minnesota Wild have four power play goals in their last three games and have split their last eight games when scoring at least three goals. Nino Niederreiter leads Minnesota with 14 goals, Jason Pominville has 19 assists and Zach Parise has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six of their last nine games. Niklas Backstrom has allowed 32 goals on 322 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 54 goals on 554 shots. The Wild have won four of their last six road games.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have won nine of their last 11 games and continue to climb in the standings. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have four power play goals in their last four games and have won seven of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with 17 goals, Ryan Johansen has 22 assists and Cam Atkinson has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six straight games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 64 goals on 792 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 31 goals on 305 shots.
The Wild are 11-4 in their last 15 vs. a team with a losing record and 0-6 in their last 6 games following a win. The Blue Jackets are 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Wild are 6-14 in the last 20 meetings in Columbus and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings overall.
Hard not to take the Blue Jackets with the way they've been playing all month. The Wild are in a bit of a funk and haven't won back-to-back games in what feels like forever. The Blue Jackets are the pick here to stay hot.