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Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/31/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets (44-29-5) at Vancouver Canucks (29-40-9)
Date & Time Saturday March 31, 2018, 4:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +197 / Columbus Blue Jackets -220 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks meet Saturday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look to keep the puck rolling after winning 12 of their last 13 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads Columbus with 26 goals, Seth Jones has 35 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 154 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 149 goals on 1,923 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 50 goals on 509 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 10 games.

The Vancouver Canucks also hope to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Boeser leads Vancouver with 29 goals, Henrik Sedin has 45 assists and Daniel Sedin has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 147 goals on 1,687 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 82 goals on 817 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed a combined three goals in their last three games.

The Blue Jackets are 6-0 in their last 6 road games, 10-1 in their last 11 games following a win and 14-3 in their last 17 overall. The Canucks are 15-38 in their last 53 home games, 17-35 in their last 52 Saturday games and 16-35 in their last 51 overall. The Blue Jackets are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Vancouver, 6-17 in the last 23 meetings and the road team is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are obviously the better team and should win this game given that they've been on a tear the entire month of March. However, I don't lay insane juice often, and there's reason not to do here either. The Vancouver Canucks have played solid hockey the last couple of weeks and have won the last two meetings against the Blue Jackets. The last two times Columbus beat Vancouver, the games needed overtime. We've hit a couple times on Arizona as monster underdogs, let's try our hand with Vancouver. 

Vancouver Canucks +197

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