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Coyotes vs. Blue Jackets - 1/3/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbus Blue Jackets (16-16-3) at Arizona Coyotes (14-19-4)
Date & Time Saturday January 3, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Arizona Coyotes -106 / Columbus Blue Jackets -104 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSOH, FSAZ
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NHL | Columbus Blue Jackets (16-16-3) at Arizona Coyotes (14-19-4)
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Arizona Coyotes play Saturday night at the Gila River Arena.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have won 10 of their last 12 games and begin a four-game road trip. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have a power play goal in three straight games and have won eight of their last nine games when scoring at least three goals overall. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with 17 goals, Ryan Johansen has 22 assists and Cam Atkinson has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 65 goals on 821 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 31 goals on 305 shots.

The Arizona Coyotes have split their last eight games and remain at the bottom of the Pacific. The Coyotes are averaging 2.2 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Arizona Coyotes have one power play goal in their last four games and have won three of their last four games when scoring at least three goals overall. Antoine Vermette leads Arizona with 10 goals, Keith Yandle has 20 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Coyotes are allowing 3.2 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in three of their last four games. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 44 goals on 536 shots faced and Mike Smith has given up 74 goals on 640 shots.

 The Blue Jackets are 7-2 in their last 9 games following a win and 6-13 in their last 19 games playing on 2 days rest. The Coyotes are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 3-9 in their last 12 home games. The Blue Jackets are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Arizona and the home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been the hottest team and hockey and have shown no signs of cooling off. I suggest keep riding the hot hand until it stops paying. 

Pick:
Columbus Blue Jackets -104

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