Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Detroit Red Wings - 2/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction
Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets
Friday, February 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Nationwide Arena)
CLB -265, O/U 5.5
The Detroit Red Wings travel to Columbus, OH on Friday for a game against the Blue Jackets, but first they must face the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. In their last game, Detroit was defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers by the score of 3-0. The Red Wings were only able to put a total of 16 shots on net in the game and were never able to get one past Flyers’ goalie Brian Elliot. Detroit goalie Jonathan Bernier got the start in net for the Red Wings and took the loss, allowing 2 goals on 28 shots.
On the year the Red Wings are 12-38-4 and are in 8th place in the Atlantic Division. The Red Wings are led in points and goals by Dylan Larkin who has 37 points this season. Tyler Bertuzzi leads Detroit in goals on the season with 17, including 2 while on the power play. The Red Wings are also led in assists by Larkin who has tallied 24 on the year with 4 coming while on the power play. Detroit goalie Jonathan Bernier is 10-14-2 with 1 shutout and a 2.89 goals against average this season. Jimmy Howard is 2-20-2 with a goals against average of 4.12 so far this year. Detroit enters Thursday’s game with 5 players listed on their injury report as Filip Zadina, Mike Green, Frans Nielsen and Anthony Mantha are on injured reserve while Trevor Daley is day today.
The Columbus Blue Jackets welcome the Detroit Red Wings to town on Friday after winning their last game against the Florida Panthers by the score of 1-0 in overtime. Columbus received their lone goal in the game at 1:54 of the overtime period from Zach Werenski and was unassisted. Columbus goalie Elvis Merzlikins started in net for the Blue Jackets and picked up the win, making saves on all 32 of the Panthers shots on the night.
Heading into Friday’s game, the Blue Jackets are 29-16-9 and are currently in 3rd place in the Metropolitan Division. The Blue Jackets leader in points is Pierre-Luc Dubois who has recorded 42 so far this season. The Blue Jackets are also led in assists by Dubois who has 25 assists with 8 coming while on the power play. The Columbus goals leader is also Dubois who has 25 goals on the season. Columbus goalie Matiss Kivlenieks is 1-0-1 on the season with a goals against average of 1.49. Meanwhile, goalie Elvis Merzlikins is 11-6-4 with 4 shutouts and a goals against average of 2.30 on the season. The Blue Jackets come into Friday’s game with 3 player listed on their injury report as Josh Anderson, Alexander Wennberg and Ryan Murray are all on injured reserve.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Detroit Red Wings have scored an average of 2.04 goals per game on the year while allowing 3.81 goals per game. The Columbus Blue Jackets have scored 2.67 goals per game this season while allowing 2.46 goals per game. In their last 5 games, the Red Wings are 0-5 and have lost 9 games in a row while the Blue Jackets are 4-1 and have won 2 games in a row. The Blue Jackets have won both meetings between these two teams this year by the scores of 5-4 and 5-3. The Red Wings are 4-20-2 when playing on the road this season while the Blue Jackets are 17-9-2 at home. I am going with the Blue Jackets in this one. Columbus wins 5-2.