Blue Jackets vs. Avalanche - 1/16/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (22-20-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (16-25-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +109 / Colorado Avalanche -120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT, FSOH
The Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets play Saturday night at the Nationwide Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 22 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 23 assists and Jarome Iginla has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.9 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 82 goals on 902 shots faced and Reto Berra has given up 29 goals on 374 shots. Varlamov has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power plays. Brandon Saad leads Columbus with 16 goals, Scott Hartnell has 16 assists and Boone Jenner has 111 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 81.2 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 Avalanche are 6-1 in their last 7 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The Blue Jackets are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record and 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference. The Avalanche are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Columbus and 36-15-1 in the last 52 meetings overall.
The Avalanche usually get the best of the Blue Jackets, and Columbus is a team that's been hard to trust pretty much all season long. I'll back the road team for the cheap price, as the Colorado Avalanche are in far better form right now.