Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/4/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (19-28-5) at Vancouver Canucks (20-19-11)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -148 / Columbus Blue Jackets +134 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
Rogers Arena and the Vancouver Canucks welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets to town Thursday.
The Columbus Blue Jackets opened the second half of the season with a 5-1 defeat at Rexall Place against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. The Blue Jackets struggled at both ends of the ice with Matt Calvert scoring the Blue Jackets lone goal. Joonas Korpisalo allowed all five goals on 35 shots who fell to 19-28-5. Connor McDavid returned from a 37 game hiatus with a goal and a pair of helpers while Leon Draisaitl, Eric Gryba, Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Eberle also found the back of the net for the Oilers. Cam Talbot recorded 36 stops to help Edmonton raise their record to 20-26-5 in ending a three game slide.
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The Vancouver Canucks headed in to the All Star break wondering where their offense was in a 2-1 defeat to the Nashville Predators at Rogers Arena. The defense gave up goals early and late so the offense didn’t shoulder all the blame. James Neal scored with under five minutes left in regulation while Craig Smith opened the scoring for the Predators just 59 seconds after the opening faceoff. Pekka Rinne stood tall between the pipes with 28 saves as Nashville improved to 23-18-8. The Canucks only goal came off the stick of Brandon Sutter while Ryan Miller recorded 17 saves with Vancouver falling to 20-19-11.
The over is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 vs. a team with a losing record and is 7-1-1 in Blue Jackets last 9 vs. Western Conference while the under is 5-1-1 in Blue Jackets last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The over is 4-0 in Canucks last 4 vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and the Canucks are 0-6 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game while the over is 1-0-4 in Canucks last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Blue Jackets are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Vancouver and are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings while the under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings. I lean Vancouver until I see goalies…