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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/9/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbus Blue Jackets at Vegas Golden Knights
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
T-Mobile Arena
Paradise, Nevada
The Line
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +124 / Vegas Golden Knights -150 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FSOH, ATRM
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NHL | Columbus Blue Jackets at Vegas Golden Knights
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Vegas Golden Knights meet Saturday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena.

The Columbus Blue Jackets could use a nice road win after splitting their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 15.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 29 goals, Artemi Panarin has 40 assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois has 125 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 83.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 107 goals on 1,091 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 50 goals on 507 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in five of their last 10 games.

The Vegas Golden Knights could use a victory after losing five of their last eight games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with 19 goals, Alex Tuch has 24 assists and William Karlsson has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 118 goals on 1,334 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 22 goals on 228 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.

The Blue Jackets are 5-14 in their last 19 Saturday games, 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Golden Knights are 10-4 in their last 14 games as a favorite, 51-23 in their last 74 home games and 27-12 in their last 39 games as a home favorite. The over is 3-0-2 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall. The under is 5-1-2 in Golden Knights last 8 home games.

Neither of these teams have played great hockey over the last couple of weeks, but the defensive effort has been there, so it's only a matter of time before they snap out of their funk. For this game, we're getting the Vegas Golden Knights at an OK price at home. Those who have followed along the last two years know backing Vegas at home is a profitable play, even if it hasn't been as strong of a play this year. I'll give Vegas the edge on its home ice, as usual. 

Pick:
Vegas Golden Knights -150

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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