Nashville Predators (2-2-1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (1-3)
October 20, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +112 / Nashville Predators -134; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Thursday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena. The Nashville Predators look to build on their 2-2-1 record. The Columbus Blue Jackets look to rebound from a 1-3 start.
The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 6.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Nino Niederreiter leads Nashville with 4 goals, Mikael Granlund has 5 assists and Roman Josi has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed 12 goals on 116 shots faced, and Kevin Lankinen has allowed 2 goals on 33 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 1.7 goals per game and are scoring on 0 percent of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Columbus with 2 goals, Boone Jenner has 3 assists and Zach Werenski has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 4.7 goals per game and are killing 71.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Daniil Tarasov has allowed 9 goals on 82 shots faced, and Elvis Merzlikins has given up 8 goals on 60 shots.
The Predators are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 2-8 in their last 10 overall. The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Predators last 5 overall. The over is 5-1 in Blue Jackets last 6 overall. The Predators are 49-19 in the last 68 meetings. The favorite is 50-21 in the last 71 meetings. The home team is 39-18 in the last 57 meetings.
Both of these teams need to get going offensively, but I think it goes without saying the Nashville Predators are the better tam and playing the better hockey through the small sample size. The Columbus Blue Jackets look sluggish at best on both ends of the ice, and now they run into a Predators team they’ve had no success against over the years. The price is reasonable. It’s hard to turn down the Predators in this spot.