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Minnesota Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 1/19/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbus Blue Jackets at Minnesota Wild
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Xcel Energy Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +115 / Minnesota Wild -135 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FSOH, FSN
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 14.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 27 goals, Artemi Panarin has 34 assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 91 goals on 939 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 44 goals on 450 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in five of their last 10 games.

The Minnesota Wild look for a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 19 goals, Mikael Granlund has 27 assists and Ryan Suter has 78 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 95 goals on 1,077 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 32 goals on 301 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.

The Blue Jackets are 5-12 in their last 17 Saturday games, 6-2 in their last 8 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Wild are 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games, 2-6 in their last 8 home games and 0-6 in their last 6 vs. Metropolitan. The Blue Jackets are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Wild last 7 overall. The under is 11-5-2 in Blue Jackets last 18 road games.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Minnesota Wild, which includes a 4-2 win in the one meeting this season back in November. The Blue Jackets have done well lately bouncing back from a loss and have done a lot of their recent damage on the road. The Minnesota Wild have had trouble getting stops on the defensive end and playing on their home ice hasn't helped much. We're getting plus money with the team in better form, so I'll take a shot with the Blue Jackets on the road.

Pick:
Columbus Blue Jackets +115

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