Columbus Blue Jackets (13-13-8) at Detroit Red Wings (10-20-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +149 / Columbus Blue Jackets -165 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Detroit Red Wings meet in NHL action from Little Caesars Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to rebound from a 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in their last matchup. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 28 points including team-highs of 12 goals and 16 assists while Cam Atkinson has 23 points with 12 goals and 11 assists as well. Jack Roslovic and Seth Jones also have 15 assists apiece as well for Columbus this season. As a team, Columbus is averaging 2.6 goals on 28.9 shots against with a 15.5% success rate on the power play while giving up 3.1 goals on 31.2 shots against with a 74.7% success rate defending the PK this season.
The Detroit Red Wings will try to rebound from a 7-1 loss to Nashville last time out. Filip Hronek leads Detroit in scoring with 18 points including a team-high 17 assists while Dylan Larkin has 16 points with 6 goals and 10 assists and a team-high 94 shots on goal this season Robby Fabbri leads the Red Wings with 9 goals as part of his own 16-point tally this season while Anthony Mantha has 8 goals and 7 assists. As a team, Detroit is averaging 2,1 goals on 31,6 shots per game with a 71.4% conversion rate on the power play while allowing 3.3 goals on 31,6 shots with a 71.4% success rate on the PK this season.
Columbus is 5-11 in their last 16 games overall and 2-5 in their last 7 games as a road favorite while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Detroit is 20-65 in their last 85 games overall and 1-5 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the under is 2-0-2 in their last 4 games as a home underdog. Columbus is 22-6 in the last 28 meetings between these two teams and 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between the two teams in Detroit.
I get the case that could be made for Detroit but realistically, the Red Wings are back to providing little value regardless of who or where they are playing and while Columbus isn’t the first team I’d choose to back on the road, the bottom line is that they’re the better team here so I’ll lay the juice with the Blue Jackets in this spot.