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Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/24/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbus Blue Jackets at Vancouver Canucks
Date & Time Sunday March 24, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Rogers Arena
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Line
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -159 / Vancouver Canucks +132 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSOH, RSNP
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks meet Sunday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.

The Columbus Blue Jackets could use a win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 15.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 38 goals, Artemi Panarin has 51 assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois has 160 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 143 goals on 1,568 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 63 goals on 617 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 13 games.

The Vancouver Canucks could use a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 27 goals, Bo Horvat has 30 assists and Brock Boeser has 184 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 153 goals on 1,768 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 14 goals on 145 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 12 games.

The Blue Jackets are 39-19 in their last 58 games as a road favorite, 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record. The Canucks are 3-7 in their last 10 games as an underdog, 4-13 in their last 17 games playing on 0 days rest and 6-1 in their last 7 Sunday games. The Blue Jackets are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Vancouver and 7-20 in the last 27 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 overall. The under is 12-3 in Canucks last 15 overall.

I'm not laying juice with a Columbus Blue Jackets team that's lost seven of their last 11 games, including five straight on the road. I'm also not backing a Vancouver Canucks team on the end of a back to back when they almost never win on no days rest. Instead, I'll side with the under, which has been a popular trend for both of these teams. Also, three of the last six meetings between the Blue Jackets and Canucks have produced five or less goals, including the last game back in December. Give me the under.

Pick:
Under 5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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