Columbus Blue Jackets vs. St. Louis Blues - 11/12/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues (7-5-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (6-4-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets / St. Louis Blues --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, FSOH
The St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets square off Saturday night in a NHL matchup at the Nationwide Arena.
The St. Louis Blues could use a bounce back victory after losing six of their last nine games. The Blues are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 15.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with five goals, Paul Stastny has five assists and David Perron has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 91.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 25 goals on 268 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed 10 goals on 122 shots. The St. Louis Blues have lost five of their six games this season when allowing more than two goals.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets look for some consistency after splitting their first 12 games this season. The Blue Jackets are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 32.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with five goals, Brandon Saad has six assists and Josh Anderson has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 91.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 22 goals on 341 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed three goals on 53 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed two or less goals in five of their last six games.
The Blues are 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 70-27 in their last 97 Saturday games. The Blue Jackets are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 7-2 in their last 9 vs. a team with a losing record. The Blues are 14-6 in the last 20 meetings and the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Blues are in one of those funks where you usually fade whenever you can. Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets have had consistent success at home and have beaten up on lesser teams. The home team has also won five of the last six games between the Blues and Blue Jackets. I'll side with the home team in this matchup.