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Blue Jackets vs. Coyotes - 2/3/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona Coyotes (18-26-6) at Columbus Blue Jackets (21-24-3)
Date & Time Tuesday February 3, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -155 / Arizona Coyotes +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSAZ, FSOH
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NHL | Arizona Coyotes (18-26-6) at Columbus Blue Jackets (21-24-3)
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The Arizona Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets play Tuesday night at the Nationwide Arena.

The Arizona Coyotes have split their last four games and end an eight-game road trip. The Coyotes are averaging 2.3 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Arizona Coyotes have scored three power play goals in their last five games and have won four of their last six games when scoring at least three goals. Mikkel Boedker and Oliver Ekman-Larsson have combined for 28 goals, Antoine Vermette has 20 assists and Shane Doan has 117 shots on goal. Defensively, the Coyotes are allowing 3.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 47 goals on 561 shots faced and Mike Smith has given up 112 goals on 997 shots.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for consistency after splitting their last six games. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have zero power play goals in their last four games and have won five straight games when scoring at least three goals. Ryan Johansen leads Columbus with 19 goals, Nick Foligno has 27 assists and Scott Hartnell has 115 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 91 goals on 1,044 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 45 goals on 482 shots.

The Coyotes are 17-36 in their last 53 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blue Jackets are 6-15 in their last 21 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games. The Coyotes are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Columbus and the home team is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.

The Arizona Coyotes have been on the road for what feels like forever when you add in the break between their road games. Add that to the fact the Blue Jackets have owned the Coyotes on their home ice, and I like Columbus to get the victory here over a tired Arizona team that just wants to sleep in its own bed at this point. 

Pick:
Columbus Blue Jackets -155

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