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St. Louis Blues vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 10/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbus Blue Jackets (7-3-0) at St. Louis Blues (8-2-1)
Date & Time Saturday October 28, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: St. Louis Blues -123 / Columbus Blue Jackets +111 --- Over/Under:
TV Channel
FSOH, FSMW
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NHL | Columbus Blue Jackets (7-3-0) at St. Louis Blues (8-2-1)
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues meet Saturday in NHL action at the Scottrade Center.

The Columbus Blue Jackets hope to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Sonny Milano leads Columbus with five goals, Artemi Panarin has nine assists and Matt Calvert has 22 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 14 goals on 213 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed seven goals on 55 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed two or less goals in seven of their first 10 games.

The St. Louis Blues look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with four goals, Alex Pietrangelo has eight assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 36 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 22 goals on 251 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed four goals on 74 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in six straight games.

The Blue Jackets are 4-12 in their last 16 vs. a team with a winning record, 4-9 in their last 13 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Blues are 80-36 in their last 116 Saturday games, 21-6 in their last 27 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-0 in their last 5 home games. The Blue Jackets are 10-30-1 in the last 41 meetings in St. Louis and the home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

Both teams have been really solid defensively out the gate and they're both on the end of a back-to-back, so this has the feel of a tight game that could go either way. I'm going to give the edge to the Blues because of how effective they've been at home this season and the Blue Jackets struggles on the road as of late. I like the Blues to get the job done here.

Pick:
St. Louis Blues -123

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