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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Minnesota Wild - 1/30/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Wild (26-18-5) at Columbus Blue Jackets (27-19-3)
Date & Time Tuesday January 30, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -125 / Minnesota Wild +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FS-North, FS-Ohio
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Tuesday NHL action features the Minnesota Wild taking the ice at the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Minnesota Wild are 6th in the Central standings but are a few good days away from taking over 4th. Minnesota entered the break off of a 6-3 loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins where Eric Staal, Mikael Granlund and Jonas Brodin scored. Marcus Foligno posted two assists but Devan Dubnyk gave up four goals for the Wild before Alex Stalock stopped 16-18 in relief.

The Penguins saw Dominik Simon and Evgeni Malkin each score two times with Carle Hagelin and Brian Dumoulin also finding the back of the net. Sydney  Crosby and Phil Kessel added three helpers apiece and Casey  DeSmith picked up the win for the Penguins with 23 saves.

The Columbus Blue Jackets begin the second half in second in the Metropolitan behind the Washington Capitals. Columbus will be gunning for back to back wins after upending the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 behind a strong defense and goaltending. 

This one was scoreless until the third when Alexander Wennberg scored on the power play for the Blue Jackets at 1:19. The Coyotes evened the score at 7:39 on a power play tally of their own off the stick of Brendan Perlini before Cam Atkinson scored the deciding goal with 3:03 remaining. Sergei Bobrovsky picked up the win for Columbus with 38 saves with Antti Raanta stopping 25 shots in defeat. 

Over is 10-1-1 in Wild last 12 games playing on 3 or more days rest and Wild are 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss of 3 or more goals and  Wild are 1-5 in their last 6 road games. Under is 6-0 in Blue Jackets last 6 vs. Central and Blue Jackets are 1-7 in their last 8 games following a win and Blue Jackets are 10-2 in their last 12 games playing on 3 or more days rest. Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Columbus and Wild are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings and under is 10-3-1 in the last 14 meetings. 

I think the break came at a good time for the Blue Jackets who are home against a team they’ve had success…

Pick:
Columbus -125 // will update

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