Nashville Predators (21-8-2) at Columbus Blue Jackets (14-15-3)
|Date & Time||Monday December 22, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +122 / Nashville Predators -135 --- Over/Under: 5
The Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets play Monday night at the Nationwide Arena.
The Nashville Predators have won four of their last five games and remain on the road for much of the month. The Predators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Nashville Predators have three power play goals in their last four games and have won eight straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 13 goals, Mike Ribeiro has 18 assists and James Neal has 106 shots on goal. Defensively, the Predators are allowing two goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last eight games. Pekka Rinne has allowed 53 goals on 792 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up seven goals on 81 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have won eight of their last nine games and play their third straight home contest. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.3 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have three power play goals in their last four games and have won six of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with 16 goals, Ryan Johansen has 20 assists and Cam Atkinson has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 60 goals on 762 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 28 goals on 272 shots.
The Predators are 8-1 in their last 9 vs. a team with a losing record and 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blue Jackets are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Predators are 40-15 in the last 55 meetings and the home team is 25-12 in the last 37 meetings.
The Blue Jackets have to cool down eventually and there's no better team to break the streak than the Predators, a team that's owned them over the years. I don't mind paying the chalk in this spot.