Columbus Blue Jackets at Arizona Coyotes
|Date & Time||Thursday February 7, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)|
Gila River Arena
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -129 / Arizona Coyotes +107 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Arizona Coyotes meet Thursday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Columbus Blue Jackets could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 15.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 29 goals, Artemi Panarin has 40 assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 105 goals on 1,060 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 50 goals on 507 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Arizona Coyotes could also use a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Richardson leads Arizona with 11 goals, Clayton Keller has 26 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 85.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 76 goals on 858 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 33 goals on 351 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed a combined 15 goals in their last four games.
The Blue Jackets are 35-17 in their last 52 games as a road favorite, 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Pacific and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Coyotes are 4-12 in their last 16 home games, 2-7 in their last 9 games as a home underdog and 0-4 in their last 4 games as an underdog. The over is 3-0-1 in Blue Jackets last 4 overall. The under is 4-1 in Coyotes last 5 home games. The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Arizona and 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Neither team is playing well at the moment, so this is a spot to consider the Arizona Coyotes and the plus money. The Coyotes are a team I've been saying all year that is more talented than their record indicates. The problem is the Coyotes have been getting lit up defensively during their losing streak, and I have a hard time getting behind teams that can't keep the puck out of the net. The Columbus Blue Jackets also have a long history of beating up on the Coyotes, and they've been money as favorites overall. I'll side with the Blue Jackets in this contest.