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Winnipeg Jets vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 1/31/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbus Blue Jackets at Winnipeg Jets
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Bell MTS Place
Winnipeg, Canada
The Line
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +125 / Winnipeg Jets -145 -- Over/Under: 6.5
TV Channel
FSOH, TSN3
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Winnipeg Jets meet Thursday in NHL action at the Bell MTS Place.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 15.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 28 goals, Artemi Panarin has 38 assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 98 goals on 1,004 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 47 goals on 475 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed there eor more goals in seven of their last 10 games.

The Winnipeg Jets look for another win after winning five of their last seven games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 26.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with 25 goals, Blake Wheeler has 53 assists and Mark Scheifele has 125 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 106 goals on 1,184 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 27 goals on 452 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.

The Blue Jackets are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Central, 21-7 in their last 28 Thursday games and 3-7 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record. The Jets are 61-21 in their last 82 home games, 20-8 in their last 28 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Blue Jackets are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Winnipeg and the road team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The under is 6-2-2 in Jets last 10 games following a win. The under is 3-1-1 in Blue Jackets last 5 road games.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are always worth a look in the underdog role, especially when you factor in their success playing in Winnipeg. However, the Blue Jackets have also been quite inconsistent the last couple of weeks and have struggled the most when playing above-average teams. The Winnipeg Jets remain one of the most profitable squads in the league in terms of money made all season, and they've been one of the top home teams in the league dating back to last season. The Jets are also in much better form defensively. I'll take the Jets and the reasonable price on their home ice.

Pick:
Winnipeg Jets -145

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