Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Vancouver Canucks - 3/1/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Vancouver Canucks (34-24-6) at Columbus Blue Jackets (31-21-14)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -133 / Vancouver Canucks +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Vancouver Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Sunday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Vancouver Canucks need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 25 goals, Quinn Hughes has 42 assists and Tanner Pearson has 148 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 117 goals on 1,420 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 59 goals on 627 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 13 games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16 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 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 83 goals on 931 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 19 games.
The Canucks are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Columbus and 19-7 in the last 26 meetings. The road team is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings. The underdog is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Columbus.
The Vancouver Canucks are on the end of a back to back and it's hard to trust that defense with the way its been lit up lately. The Columbus Blue Jackets have ben in downright brutal form these last several weeks, but they continue to compete despite the losses and have simply been on the wrong side of many heartbreaking overtime contests. At home and with the rest advantage, the Columbus Blue Jackets should find a way to come away with two key points.