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Blue Jackets vs. Red Wings - 11/18/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Red Wings (8-4-5) at Columbus Blue Jackets (6-10-1)
Date & Time Tuesday November 18, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +109 / Detroit Red Wings -120 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
FSDT, FSOH
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NHL | Detroit Red Wings (8-4-5) at Columbus Blue Jackets (6-10-1)
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The Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Blue Jackets play Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena.

The Detroit Red Wings have split their last four games and are in the middle of the Atlantic division. The Red Wings defense that’s allowing 2.3 goals per game and is 7-8 on power play kills in their last two games has carried the way. The Detroit Red Wings have won seven of their last 10 games when allowing three or less goals. Jimmy Howard has allowed 30 goals on 369 shots and Jonas Gustavsson has given up seven goals on 76 shots. Offensively, Gustav Nyquist leads Detroit with eight goals, Henrik Zetterberg has 13 assists and Justin Abdelkader has 41 shots on goal. Pavel Datsyuk remains questionable for this game with a groin injury. This matchup begins a three-game road trip for the Red Wings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have won back-to-back games for the first time since the season opener and hope to keep things rolling. The Blue Jackets offense is averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last two games. The Blue Jackets get a lot of their production from a power play that’s a scoring 24.6 percent of the time. The Columbus Blue Jackets are 5-1 this season when scoring three or more goals. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with nine goals, Ryan Johansen has 14 assists and Cam Atkinson has 66 shots on goal. Defensively, Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 22 goals on 265 shots and Curtis McElhinney has given up 26 goals on 230 shots faced. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed a pp goal in four of their last five games.

The Red Wings are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-13 in their last 19 vs. Metropolitan. The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 37-17 in their last 54 vs. a team with a losing record. The Red Wings are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Columbus and 55-25-1 in the last 81 meetings overall.

It hasn't been often this season we've been able to back the Columbus Blue Jackets. We might as well ride the hot hand and the plus money. 

Pick:
Columbus Blue Jackets +109

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