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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Colorado Avalanche - 3/8/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche (35-24-7) at Columbus Blue Jackets (34-28-5)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds

TV: Altitude, FS-Ohio

The Colorado Avalanche go on the road to take the ice at the Columbus Blue Jackets in Thursday NHL action.

The Colorado Avalanche have been a bit up and down since logging their NHL high ten game winning streak. Colorado has followed a three game winning streak with back to back defeats after a 2-1 overtime loss at the Chicago Blackhawks where defense took center stage.

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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Colorado Avalanche - 3/8/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Blackhawks opened the scoring on a first period tally off the stick of Erik Gustafsson before Nathan MacKinnon evened the scored for the Avalanche on a second period power play. Jonathan Toews won it for Chicago in the extra session to make a winner of JF Berube and his 33 stops with Semyon Varlamov made 25 stops in defeat.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are one of many teams looking to improve their positioning for the postseason. Columbus is having trouble stringing wins together but has a chance for three straight wins after downing Vegas 4-1 where Erik Haula scored for the Golden Knights and Marc-Andre Fluery allowed three goals on 20 shots.

The balanced Blue Jackets attack featured goals off the sticks of Artemi Panarin, Zach Werenski, Ian Cole and Pierre-Luc Dubois. Dubois  posted a pair of helpers for the Blue Jackets and Joonas Korpisalo stopped 37 shots to pick up the win.

Over is 4-0 in Avalanche last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and over is 7-0-1 in Avalanche last 8 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan. Blue Jackets are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and under is 8-0 in Blue Jackets last 8 vs. Central and under is 6-1 in Blue Jackets last 7 Thursday games. Under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings and under is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings in Columbus and road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.  

Scoring has been scarce when these teams faceoff so I’m leaning under pending goalie confirmation…

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