Nashville Predators (29-22-2) at Columbus Blue Jackets (16-25-12)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +153 / Nashville Predators -170 --- Over/Under: 5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Nashville Predators and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in NHL action from Nationwide Arena on Wednesday night.
The Nashville Predators will look to build on a 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets on Monday. Roman Josi leads the Predators in scoring with 33 points including a team-high 25 assists while Filip Forsberg has 31 points with 12 goals and 19 assists and Calle JArnkrok has 26 points with 12 goals and 14 assists. Mikael Granlund and Viktor Arvidsson each have 25 points with Granlund logging a team-high 13 goals and Arvidsson posting 10 goals and 15 assists. As a team, Nashville is averaging 2.6 goals on 29.8 shots with a 17.7% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.8 goals on 31.6 shots with a 75.7% success rate on the PK this season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to play spoiler despite losing their last matchup against Nashville. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the Jackets in scoring with 39 points including a team-high 15 goals and 24 assists while Jack Roslovic has 32 points with 22 assists and Cam Atkinson has 31 points with 14 goals and 17 assists this season. Seth Jones and Max Domi each have double-digit assist tallies as well for the Blue Jackets this season. As a team, Columbus is averaging 2.3 goals on 29 shots with a 14.4% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.3 goals on 32.2 shots with an 80% kill rate on the PK this season.
Nashville is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 7-3 in their last 10 road games while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games as a road favorite. Columbus is 16-40 in their last 56 games overall and 8-23 in their last 31 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games as a home underdog. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
I think there’s a time and place for taking a home dog, but Columbus is not that place and Wednesday is not that time. Nashville has all of their chips in the middle of the table and basically need to win out to have any realistic chance at making the playoffs and it starts here in a very winnable spot against Columbus. The Predators know the task at hand and a slip up would be fatal. Give me Nashville here.