Dallas Stars vs Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/4/21

Dallas Stars vs Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/4/21 Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (9-10-5) at Dallas Stars (6-7-4)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Stars -162 / Columbus Blue Jackets +135 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars meet Thursday in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.

The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 10 goals, Seth Jones has 12 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 56 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 73.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 52 goals on 502 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 12 goals on 127 shots.

The Dallas Stars need a win after losing 11 of their last 13 games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 27.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads Dallas with 10 goals, John Klingberg has 11 assists and Denis Gurianov has 40 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 78 percent of their opponents power plays. Anton Khudobin has allowed 26 goals on 312 shots faced and Jake Oettinger has allowed three goals on 23 shots.

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The Blue Jackets are 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Stars are 0-5 in their last 5 home games and 1-9 in their last 10 overall. The under is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 overall. The under is 5-0 in Stars last 5 overall. The Blue Jackets are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Dallas and 13-3 in the last 16 meetings.

You shouldn't be running to the window to bet on either of these teams that are piling up the losses left and right and are two of the last profitable teams in the league right now. The Dallas Stars are the better team on paper and have shown flashes of their potential, but I'm not laying juice with a club that's lost 11 of their last 13 tries. This is a spot where I either take the plus money in the Blue Jackets or don't bet this game at all. It's probably the latter.

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Randy’s Pick Columbus Blue Jackets +135

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

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