Nashville Predators (28-22-2) at Columbus Blue Jackets (16-25-11)
NHL Hockey: Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +135 / Nashville Predators -162 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Monday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Nashville Predators look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikael Granlund leads Nashville with 13 goals, Roman Josi has 25 assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 151 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed 71 goals on 993 shots faced and Pekka Rinne has allowed 62 goals on 634 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 15 goals, Jack Roslovic has 20 assists and Cam Atkinson has 144 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 96 goals on 904 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 63 goals on 755 shots.
The Predators are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 15-6 in their last 21 overall. The Blue Jackets are 16-41 in their last 57 games as an underdog and 2-6 in their last 8 home games. The under is 3-0-2 in Predators last 5 overall. The over is 8-3-1 in Blue Jackets last 12 overall. The Predators are 47-17 in the last 64 meetings. The favorite is 47-20 in the last 67 meetings. The home team is 36-17 in the last 53 meetings.
The Nashville Predators have been head and shoulders the more consistent team this season and they've won five of the six meetings against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets continue to pile up the losses and it makes them tough to back these days, even with the decent sized plus money. The Predators are far and away more trustworthy. I'll lay the juice with the road team.