Colorado Avalanche vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 12/1/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (12-5-4) at Colorado Avalanche (9-11-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche / Columbus Blue Jackets --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, ALT
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche square off Thursday night in a NHL game at the Pepsi Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look to keep the puck rolling after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Blue Jackets are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 27.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with eight goals, Nick Foligno has 11 assists and Sam Gagner has 46 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 83.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 38 goals on 546 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed six goals on 80 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed two or less goals in six of their last eight games.
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The Colorado Avalanche could use a feel good victory after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Avalanche are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Rene Bourque leads Colorado with eight goals, Matt Duchene has seven assists and Nathan MacKinnon has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 42 goals on 436 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has allowed 18 goals on 224 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have lost 10 straight games when allowing more than two goals.
The Blue Jackets are 0-6 in their last 6 Thursday games and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Central. The Avalanche are 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The Blue Jackets are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Colorado and 16-37-1 in the last 54 meetings overall.
The Blue Jackets have struggled against the Avalanche over the years and haven't been the best team when it comes to winning on the road. However, Columbus is in far better form at the moment and Colorado continues to pile up the losses. I'm not sure how anyone can back the Avalanche with any kind of confidence right now. I'm riding the hot hand here and backing the Blue Jackets to get another victory.