Columbus Blue Jackets at New Jersey Devils
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 5, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Newark, New Jersey
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -167 / New Jersey Devils +138 -- Over/Under:
The Columbus Blue Jackets and New Jersey Devils meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets could use a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 35 goals, Artemi Panarin has 48 assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois has 143 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 133 goals on 1,383 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 55 goals on 532 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The New Jersey Devils also need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 26 goals, Taylor Hall has 26 assists and Blake Coleman has 168 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 83.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 50 goals on 464 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 129 goals on 1,188 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed two or less goals in five of their last eight games.
The Blue Jackets are 5-1 in their last 6 road games, 38-17 in their last 55 games as a road favorite and 9-3 in their last 12 vs. Metropolitan. The Devils are 16-38 in their last 54 games as an underdog, 21-45 in their last 66 games as a home underdog and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Blue Jackets are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in New Jersey and 18-6 in the last 24 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Devils last 7 home games. The under is 8-3 in Devils last 11 games as a home underdog.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have won each of the last six meetings against the New Jersey Devils and enter this game playing better hockey. The Blue Jackets have also earned some nice road wins the past couple of weeks. The problem is the Devils have been good enough defensively to win some of these games they've lost. It's only a matter of time before things turn around and some of these tight, frustrating losses turn into victories. I'll take a shot with the Devils and the plus money on their home ice.