Red Wings vs. Blue Jackets - 2/23/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (24-29-7) at Detroit Red Wings (29-20-11)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Joe Louis Arena)
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -200 / Columbus Blue Jackets +165 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, NBCSN
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings meet Tuesday night at the Joe Louis Arena.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power plays. Brandon Saad leads Columbus with 21 goals, Cam Atkinson has 18 assists and Boone Jenner has 161 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 67 goals on 753 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has given up 50 goals on 627 shots. Korpisalo has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Detroit Red Wings also need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power plays. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 19 goals, Tomas Tatar has 17 assists and Gustav Nyquist has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their power play chances. Petr Mrazek has allowed 83 goals on 1,142 shots faced and Jimmy Howard has given up 59 goals on 631 shots. Mrazek has allowed 12 goals in his last three games.
The Blue Jackets are 1-6 in their last 7 Tuesday games and 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The Red Wings are 8-2 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets are 11-30 in the last 41 meetings in Detroit and 27-56-1 in the last 84 meetings overall.
The Detroit Red Wings need a victory here in hopes of stoping the bleeding. The Blue Jackets are on the end of a back to back and don't play Detroit very well usually. I like the Red Wings here and will take them by two goals to give the wager more value.