Nashville Predators (6-10) at Columbus Blue Jackets (8-6-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -128 / Nashville Predators +116 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Saturday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Nashville Predators need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with seven goals, Roman Josi has six assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 52 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 67.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed 30 goals on 254 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 seven goals, Oliver Bjorkstrand has nine assists and Seth Jones has 39 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 73.7 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 1-8 in their last 9 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Blue Jackets are 5-18 in their last 23 Saturday 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 44-17 in the last 61 meetings. The favorite is 45-19 in the last 64 meetings.
The Nashville Predators have won two of the three meetings against the Blue Jackets this season, so there's a case for the plus money, but they're not playing great hockey overall right now. The Predators aren't playing much defense these days and have been horrible in the underdog role dating back to last season. The Columbus Blue Jackets have played the better hockey up to this point and have to start stringing wins together eventually. I'll lay the cheap price with the home team.