Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/22/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Columbus Blue Jackets (30-19-13) at Nashville Predators (29-23-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -160 / Columbus Blue Jackets +144 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV: FSOH, FSTN
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win here to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 19 goals, Pierre-Luc Dubois has 27 assists and Seth Jones has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 78 goals on 901 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 57 goals on 793 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 15 games.
The Nashville Predators look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 18 goals, Roman Josi has 43 assists and Craig Smith has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 74.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 95 goals on 935 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 83 goals on 854 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 13 games.
The Blue Jackets are 9-4 in their last 13 games as an underdog, 6-2 in their last 8 games as a road underdog and 0-7 in their last 7 overall. The Predators are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Metropolitan and 3-8 in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest. The over is 4-1 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall. The under is 7-2 in Predators last 9 overall. The Blue Jackets are 5-24 in the last 29 meetings in Nashville and 16-41 in the last 57 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have outscored the predators 9-5 in the last two meetings, but that's about all they have going for them here. The Blue Jackets are falling off a cliff with their seven-game losing streak and the offense and defense simply can't get on the same page. While I have confidence the Blue Jackets will turn things around eventually, I'm not going to bet that turnaround starts at the Bridgestone Arena, which is still one of the tougher venues in the sport.