Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Minnesota Wild - 2/28/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Minnesota Wild (31-25-7) at Columbus Blue Jackets (31-20-14)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -135 / Minnesota Wild +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV: FSOH, FSN
The Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Friday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Minnesota Wild look for a win after winning four of their last five games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 21 goals, Ryan Suter has 35 assists and Eric Staal has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 75.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 89 goals on 823 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 83 goals on 888 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 12 games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing nine of their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 21 goals, Pierre-Luc Dubois has 28 assists and Seth Jones has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 79 goals on 916 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 70 goals on 892 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 13 of their last 18 games.
The Wild are 6-0 in their last 6 Friday games, 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road underdog and 2-8 in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest. The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 1-9 in their last 10 overall. The over is 8-3 in Wild last 11 road games. The over is 6-0 in Blue Jackets last 6 overall. The Wild are 8-17 in the last 25 meetings in Columbus. The under is 12-4-2 in the last 18 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are going to turn things around eventually, as they're too talented to continue this losing stretch, and they have the rest advantage here at home. The Blue Jackets should be favored. However, I'm not laying juice with a team that's lost nine of their last 10 games. I'm just not. The Minnesota Wild are playing the better hockey, have been kind to us lately in the underdog role and have won three of the last four meetings against the Blue Jackets. Give me the Wild and the plus money.