Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (32-21-15) at Vancouver Canucks (35-26-6)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)

The Line: Vancouver Canucks -150 / Columbus Blue Jackets +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5

TV: SN-Pacific, FS-Ohio

The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Vancouver Canucks meet in NHL action from the Rogers Arena on Sunday night.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 4-1 loss to Edmonton last time out. Gustav Nyquist scored the lone goal for Columbus in the losing effort with Zach Werenski and Alexander Wennberg getting the assists on the goal with Werenski logging a team-high 8 shots on goal while Nyquist registered six shots on target in the defeat. Boone Jenner also had 6 shots on goal while Kevin Stenlund added 5 shots on goal as well in the loss. Joonas Korpisalo took the loss in goal for the Blue Jackets, falling to 19-12-5 on the year after giving up 3 goals on 23 shots faced in the losing effort.

The Vancouver Canucks will look to build some steam after a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche last time out. Zack MacEwen had a pair of goals while J.T. Miller and Antoine Roussel each had a goal and an assist. Troy Stecher and Tanner Pearson each had a goal as well while Adam Gaudette has a pair of assists. Thatcher Demko was able to pick up the win between the sticks for Vancouver, stopping 29 of 32 shots faced in the winning effort.

Columbus is 2-12 in their last 14 games overall and 0-7 in their last 7 road games while the under is 42-18-1 in their last 61 games against the Pacific division. Vancouver is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 13-4 in their last 17 home games while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. Columbus is 8-19 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Vancouver.

The Blue Jackets have been playing better than recent numbers would indicate, as a lot of these losses have been tight games and one goal games that possibly get decided late or need extra time to find a winner. However, a loss is still a loss, and despite recent hiccups, Vancouver is still a very strong team on home ice this season. I’ll side with Vancouver on the puck line here as I think the Canucks add to Columbus’ misery here.

Chris’s Pick Vancouver -1.5

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