Blue Jackets vs. Oilers - 3/4/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Edmonton Oilers (25-34-7) at Columbus Blue Jackets (26-30-8)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -150 / Edmonton Oilers +125 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: RSNW, FSOH
The Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets square off Friday night at the Nationwide Arena.
The Edmonton Oilers look to build on their decent three-game winning streak. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power plays. Taylor Hall leads Edmonton with 20 goals, Leon Draisaitl has 28 assists and Jordan Eberle has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their power play chances. Cam Talbot has allowed 106 goals on 1,253 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has given up 74 goals on 745 shots. Talbot has allowed four goals in his last three games.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power plays. Brandon Saad leads Columbus with 24 goals, Scott Hartnell has 21 assists and Boone Jenner has 179 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 67 goals on 753 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has given up 60 goals on 737 shots. Korpisalo has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Oilers are 16-58 in their last 74 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-12 in their last 17 Friday games. The Blue Jackets are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Oilers are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Columbus.
The Oilers don't handle road games or the end of back to backs well. The Blue Jackets have also owned the Oilers when playing in Columbus. Hard not to pick the home team here at the OK price.