Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Colorado Avalanche - 11/21/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (8-9-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (10-4-2)
NHL Hockey: Monday, November 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -147 / Colorado Avalanche +118 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT, FSOH
The Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Monday in a NHL matchup at the Nationwide Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Avalanche are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with six goals, Nathan MacKinnon has eight assists and Rene Bourque has 26 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 35 goals on 354 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has allowed 11 goals on 160 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed two or less goals in five of their last eight games.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets look to keep the puck rolling and build on their current four-game winning streak. The Blue Jackets are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 29.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Sam Gagner leads Columbus with seven goals, Nick Foligno has 10 assists and Cam Atkinson has 43 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 29 goals on 427 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed three goals on 53 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed two or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Avalanche are 6-0 in their last 6 Monday games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets are 2-8 in their last 10 Monday games and 7-0 in their last 7 home games. The Avalanche are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Columbus and 36-16-1 in the last 53 meetings overall.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are on a bit of a hot streak and have played lights out hockey pretty much all season at home. The Avalanche are a mixed bag and you're never sure which team is going to show up. With both clubs playing yesterday, I'm going to ride the hot hand here and back the Columbus Blue Jackets and the fair price.