Minnesota Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/25/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Columbus Blue Jackets (31-19-14) at Minnesota Wild (29-25-7)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -155 / Columbus Blue Jackets +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV: FSOH, FSN
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing eight of their last nine games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 21 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 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 78 goals on 901 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 68 goals on 874 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 13 of their last 17 games.
The Minnesota Wild look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 21 goals, Ryan Suter has 34 assists and Eric Staal has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 75.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 89 goals on 860 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 79 goals on 860 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Blue Jackets are 5-1 in their last 6 Tuesday games, 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 0-8 in their last 8 overall. The Wild are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference, 2-8 in their last 10 vs. Metropolitan and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The over is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 overall. The under is 5-1-1 in Wild last 7 home games. The Blue Jackets are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota and 9-4 in the last 13 meetings. The under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings in Minnesota and 12-3-2 in the last 17 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets finally ended their eight-game losing streak, but now they're on the end of a back to back and on the road where they've lost four straight. The Minnesota Wild are due for a bounce back victory on their home ice and they just beat the Blue Jackets last month where their defense had a clear edge. Give me the Wild and the reasonable price at home.