Edmonton Oilers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Edmonton Oilers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (32-21-15) at Edmonton Oilers (36-24-8)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: Edmonton Oilers -167 / Columbus Blue Jackets +151 --- Over/Under: 5.5

TV: FSOH, CBC

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers meet Saturday in NHL action at the Rogers Place.

The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 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 29 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 86 goals on 970 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 70 goals on 892 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 15 of their last 21 games.

The Edmonton Oilers need a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 30.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Leon Draisaitl leads Edmonton with 43 goals, Connor McDavid has 63 assists and James Neal has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 99 goals on 1,042 shots faced and Mikko Koskinen has allowed 93 goals on 1,071 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or less goals in 16 of their last 20 games.

The Blue Jackets are 0-6 in their last 6 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 2-11 in their last 13 overall. The Oilers are 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games, 14-3 in their last 17 vs. Metropolitan and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 7-2 in Blue Jackets last 9 overall. The over is 20-8-2 in Oilers last 30 games as a favorite. The Blue Jackets are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Edmonton and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to pile up the losses and aren't a team I'm looking to get behind these days. The Edmonton Oilers have been hit or miss over the last month or so, but they're as healthy as they've been in a while and have the offense to go on a tear in these last few weeks. The Edmonton Oilers have won three straight games against the Blue Jackets and have outscored them 12-2 during that span. I'll take the juice with the Oilers on their home ice. 

Randy’s Pick Edmonton Oilers -167

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.