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Columbus Blue Jackets at Minnesota Wild Free Pick 2/25/20

Pierre-Luc Dubois, Gustav Nyquist, and the Columbus Blue Jackets will do battle against Ryan Suter, Eric Staal, and the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center for an East-West tilt. The puck drops at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 25, and fans at home can view it live on Fox Sports North.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Minnesota Wild Odds

Columbus (+145) is entering this one as the underdog to Minnesota (-165), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting that total stand at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.

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Columbus is 31-33 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.0 unit for moneyline bettors this year. 38 of its games have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just one has pushed. This 2019-20 Blue Jackets team is 12-18 SU on the road.

Columbus has converted on just 16.4 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 15th out of 31 teams, and it has successfully killed off 81.5 percent of its penalties..

Averaging 25.4 saves per game with a .914 save percentage, Joonas Korpisalo (18-15-5) has been the best option in goal for Columbus this season. Korpisalo did just play last night, however, so head coach John Tortorella may opt to rest him and turn to Elvis Merzlikins instead (13-19-9 record, .922 save percentage, 2.39 goals against average).

Minnesota is 29-32 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.0 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 61 regular season contests, 29 of its games have gone over the total, while 27 have gone under and just five have pushed. The team’s 17-15 SU at home this year.

The Wild have converted on just 21.1 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 28th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.8 percent of all penalties.

Alex Stalock (25.2 saves per game) has been the top choice in goal for the Wild. Stalock has 16 wins, 15 losses, and four OT losses to his name and has registered a fairly-weak .908 save percentage and 2.69 goals against average this year.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Minnesota Wild Betting Predictions

NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Wild, O/U – Over

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Betting Trends

55.2 percent of Minnesota’s wins have come by two or more goals (the team is 16-19 overall in such games) while 38.7 percent of Columbus’ wins have come by two goals or more (12-12 overall in games decided by at least two goals).

The Blue Jackets are 9-11 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Wild are 9-11 SU when they serve more minutes than their opponent.

Two of Minnesota’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-3 overall in shootouts this year.

For both of these teams, the total has gone over in three of their last five matchups.

Columbus is ranked 10th this season with 8.8 giveaways per game. That figure has trended lower recently, however, as the team’s averaged 7.2 giveaways over its last 10 games and 6.4 giveaways over its last five.

Minnesota skaters have averaged 5.6 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 6.7 giveaways per game (ranked 1st overall).

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