Minnesota Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 1/19/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (19-21-3) at Minnesota Wild (20-19-5)
NHL Hockey: Monday, January 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -160 / Columbus Blue Jackets +144 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Wild look to secure their third win in a row on Monday as they welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets to town.
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The Blue Jackets head into action on Monday night sitting in sixth place in the Metro division but are 15 points back of the Rangers for the third automatic playoff spot and 13 back of the Bruins for the final wild card spot in the East so things aren't looking great right now. The Jackets had high hopes heading into this season after giving the Penguins fits in the playoffs last year and with Ryan Johansen inking an extension optimism was at an all time high and many Columbus fans were ecstatic for the upcoming season. However, through the mid way point of the regular season it is clear to see this team isn't built for the long haul and while they only sit four points back of the Wild heading into this one I think the discrepancy between the teams is quite high. The jackets are hosting the All-Star break this year which I think is going to be their only highlight in an otherwise tough season and that could continue on the road against the Wild on Monday.
Minnesota was in the dumps earlier in the week as they were getting blown out seemingly every night and a large part of that has to do with the carousel of injuries sustained by their goaltenders which ultimately forced them to go out and acquire Devan Dubnyk from the Arizona Coyotes. The move has paid immediate dividends as the Wild have won back to back games and have only allowed one goal through that stretch and while the wins were against the Sabres and Coyotes which you have to take with a grain of salt it is nice to see them back in the win column and making a charge towards the playoffs. Minny sits in last place in the Central but are only six points out of a playoff spot and while there is still plenty of hockey to be played these are the types of games that Minnesota needs to win if they're going to make the playoffs and at a decent price here they're worth the play.