Blue Jackets vs. Wild - 1/5/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (20-11-7) at Columbus Blue Jackets (15-22-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +123 / Minnesota Wild -136 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, FSOH
The Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets play Tuesday night at the Nationwide Arena.
The Minnesota Wild look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power plays. Thomas Vanek leads Minnesota with 12 goals, Ryan Suter has 20 assists and Zach Parise has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 69 goals on 868 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 17 goals on 230 shots. Dubnyk has allowed five goals in his last three outings.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets could use a nice home victory after splitting their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power plays. Brandon Saad leads Columbus with 16 goals, Ryan Johansen has 20 assists and Scott Hartnell has 79 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 60 goals on 713 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 39 goals on 349 shots. McElhinney has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Wild are 10-2 in their last 12 Tuesday games and 4-12 in their last 16 road games. The Blue Jackets are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 13-5 in their last 18 games playing on 2 days rest. The Wild are 6-15 in the last 21 meetings in Columbus and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.
Neither team is playing all that well lately heading into this game. The Blue Jackets have also beaten the Wild in 15 of the last 21 matchups. Add the fact Columbus is at home, and there's great value with the home team here.