New Jersey Devils vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/16/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

New Jersey Devils vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/16/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets at New Jersey Devils

Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 6:00 PM (Prudential Center)

Columbus Blue Jackets at New Jersey Devils

TV: FSOH, MSG+

The Columbus Blue Jackets and New Jersey Devils meet Sunday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.

The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 19 goals, Pierre-Luc Dubois has 26 assists and Seth Jones has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 78 goals on 901 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 54 goals on 767 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 12 games.

The New Jersey Devils need a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Blake Coleman leads New Jersey with 21 goals, Nikita Gusev has 23 assists and P.K. Subban has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Louis Domingue has given up 44 goals on 361 shots faced and Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 105 goals on 1,188 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed one or less goals in three of their last five games.

The Blue Jackets are 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Devils are 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games, 30-63 in their last 93 games as an underdog and 7-17 in their last 24 home games. The under is 37-18-1 in Blue Jackets last 56 overall. The over is 5-2 in Devils last 7 games as an underdog. The Blue Jackets are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in New Jersey and 21-6 in the last 27 meetings. The favorite is 22-8 in the last 30 meetings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have run into a cold spell the last week, but the defense continues to shine, so I expect a turn around sooner than later. The New Jersey Devils can't get out of their own way and home ice hasn't helped them all that much. The Columbus Blue Jackets have also won nine straight against the Devils, which includes outscoring them 10-1 in the last two matches. I'll lay the reasonable price with the road team.

Randy’s Pick Columbus Blue Jackets -147

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.