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Avalanche vs. Blue Jackets - 1/4/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbus Blue Jackets (16-16-3) at Colorado Avalanche (15-15-8)
Date & Time Sunday January 4, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -145 / Columbus Blue Jackets +131 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSOH, ALT
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NHL | Columbus Blue Jackets (16-16-3) at Colorado Avalanche (15-15-8)
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche square off Sunday night at the Pepsi Center.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have split their last six games and play the back end of a back-to-back. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have scored a power play goal in four straight games and have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with 17 goals, Ryan Johansen has 22 assists and Scott Hartnell has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last eight games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 71 goals on 852 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 31 goals on 308 shots.

The Colorado Avalanche have won five of their last seven games and remain last in the Central. The Avalanche are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Colorado Avalanche have one power play goal in their last four games and have won straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Alex Tanguay leads Colorado with 12 goals, Tyson Barrie has 20 assists and Matt Duchene has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 54 goals on 625 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has given up 30 goals on 457 shots.

The Blue Jackets are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 10-2 in their last 12 overall. The Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 37-16 in their last 53 vs. a team with a losing record. The Blue Jackets are 6-19 in the last 25 meetings in Colorado and 13-35-1 in the last 49 meetings overall.

The Colorado Avalanche are the hotter team, at home, have owned the Blue Jackets and are catching Columbus on the end of a back-to-back. The Avalanche and the cheap price has to be the play here. 

Pick:
Colorado Avalanche -145

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