Columbus Blue Jackets (3-7) vs. Colorado Avalanche (4-4-1)
November 4, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -240 / Columbus Blue Jackets +200; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche meet Friday in NHL action at the Nokia Arena. The Columbus Blue Jackets look to snap a 3-game losing streak. The Colorado Avalanche need a win after losing 4 of their last 6 games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 0 percent of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Columbus with 5 goals, Jakub Voracek has 5 assists and Zach Werenski has 34 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 4.4 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Daniil Tarasov has allowed 14 goals on 131 shots faced, and Elvis Merzlikins has given up 29 goals on 213 shots.
The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.11 goals per game and are scoring on 39.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Valeri Nichushkin leads Colorado with 7 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 9 assists and Mikko Rantanen has 26 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 69.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 17 goals on 208 shots faced, and Pavel Francouz has given up 9 goals on 88 shots.
The Blue Jackets are 7-19 in their last 26 Friday games and 8-21 in their last 29 overall. The Avalanche are 36-16 in their last 52 vs. Eastern Conference and 72-29 in their last 101 overall. The over is 7-2 in Blue Jackets last 9 overall. The under is 4-1 in Avalanche last 5 overall. The Blue Jackets are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Colorado and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
This is a weird game to cap given the travel, time difference and everything that comes with playing in another country. The Colorado Avalanche are the clear better team, but they’ve been hit or miss out of the gate and their defense has been spotty at best. Only the Canucks and Ducks have worse power play killing percentages than the Avs. This could be a spot where the Blue Jackets finally find offensive success. It gives them a punchers chance at the +200 price. I’ll take a shot with the upset.