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Stars vs. Blue Jackets - 1/6/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbus Blue Jackets (17-17-3) at Dallas Stars (18-14-6)
Date & Time Tuesday January 6, 2015, 8:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Dallas Stars -165 / Columbus Blue Jackets +149 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSOH, FSSW
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NHL | Columbus Blue Jackets (17-17-3) at Dallas Stars (18-14-6)
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars play Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have won four of their last six games and play their third straight road game. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have four power play goals in their last five games and have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with 17 goals, Ryan Johansen has 22 assists and Scott Hartnell has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in seven of their last nine games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 71 goals on 852 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 34 goals on 337 shots.

The Dallas Stars are climbing up the Central with wins in eight of their last 10 games. The Stars are averaging 3.1 goals per game and have scored 17 goals in their last three games. The Dallas Stars have five power play goals in their last five games and have won six of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 26 goals, Jamie Benn has 22 assists and Erik Cole has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the Stars are allowing 3.2 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Kari Lehtonen has allowed 91 goals on 985 shots faced and Anders Lindback has given up 21 goals on 154 shots.

The Blue Jackets are 38-78 in their last 116 vs. Central and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. The Stars are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Both teams are on a bit of a hot streak and the road team has controlled this series as of late. I like the Blue Jackets here and the plus money. 

Pick:
Columbus Blue Jackets +149

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