Nashville Predators (6-9) at Columbus Blue Jackets (7-6-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +118 / Nashville Predators -145 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Thursday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Nashville Predators need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 14.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with seven goals, Roman Josi has six assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 67.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed 28 goals on 233 shots faced and Pekka Rinne has allowed 20 goals on 215 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with six goals, Oliver Bjorkstrand has nine assists and Seth Jones has 39 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 73 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 40 goals on 354 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 12 goals on 127 shots.
The Predators are 1-7 in their last 8 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Blue Jackets are 5-2 in their last 7 Thursday games. The over is 5-2 in Predators last 7 road games. The over is 5-2 in Blue Jackets last 7 overall. The Predators are 44-16 in the last 60 meetings. The favorite is 44-19 in the last 63 meetings. The home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Nashville Predators have owned the Blue Jackets over the years, but they're not playing well enough to lay juice with them on the road. The Columbus Blue Jackets have played the better hockey over the last week or so, and they've been much more trustworthy offensively. The Predators have also been horrible in the underdog ole dating back to the end of last season. I'll take my chances with the Blue Jackets and the plus money at home.