The Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks meet Friday in NHL action at the Honda Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Boone Jenner leads Columbus with 22 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 45 assists and Patrik Laine has 168 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 76 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 82 goals on 926 shots faced, and Elvis Merzlikins has given up 104 goals on 865 shots.
The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Trevor Zegras leads Anaheim with 21 goals, Cam Fowler has 33 assists and Frank Vatrano has 188 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 4 goals per game and are killing 72.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. John Gibson has given up 173 goals on 1,749 shots faced, and Anthony Stolarz has allowed 51 goals on 494 shots.
The Blue Jackets are 24-58 in their last 82 road games and 18-41 in their last 59 overall. The Ducks are 16-35 in their last 51 home games and 26-66 in their last 92 overall. The over is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 overall. The over is 9-3-1 in Ducks last 13 home games. The Blue Jackets are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Anaheim and 1-7 in the last 8 meetings. The road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Two teams that don't play much defense and don't have much to play for at this point in the season. I'm not thrilled to back either of these teams. However, the Ducks are at home and that has to count for something. The Ducks have also won 7 of the last 8 meetings against the Blue Jackets. Give me the home favorite.