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Red Wings vs. Blue Jackets - 3/12/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbus Blue Jackets (28-34-4) at Detroit Red Wings (37-17-11)
Date & Time Thursday March 12, 2015, 7:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -225 / Columbus Blue Jackets +201 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSOH, FSDT, NHL
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NHL | Columbus Blue Jackets (28-34-4) at Detroit Red Wings (37-17-11)
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings play Thursday at the Joe Louis Arena.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have three power play goals in their last three games and have split their last six games when scoring at least three goals. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with 24 goals, Ryan Johansen has 35 assists and Cam Atkinson has 175 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five straight games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 101 goals on 1,152 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 75 goals on 850 shots.

The Detroit Red Wings need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Red Wings are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Detroit Red Wings have six power play goals in their last six games and have won five of their last seven when scoring at least three goals. Tomas Tatar leads Detroit with 25 goals, Gustav Nyquist has 24 assists and Henrik Zetterberg has 181 shots on goal. Defensively, the Red Wings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in seven straight games. Jimmy Howard has allowed 91 goals on 1,103 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has 47 goals on 518 shots.

The Blue Jackets are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Atlantic and 7-3 in their last 10 Thursday games. The Red Wings are 3-7 in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest and 19-7 in their last 26 vs. a team with a losing record. The Blue Jackets are 10-30 in the last 40 meetings in Detroit and 26-56-1 in the last 83 meetings overall.

The Red Wings should win this game rather easily, especially given their history against Columbus. Take the spread to give your wager more value. 

Pick:
Detroit Red Wings -1.5

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