The Columbus Blue Jackets, led by Gustav Nyquist and Pierre-Luc Dubois, are ready to take the ice against Tyler Bertuzzi, Anthony Mantha, and the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in an Eastern Conference tilt. The game gets started at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 17, and you can see the game live on Fox Sports Detroit.
Columbus Blue Jackets at Detroit Red Wings Odds
Columbus is 13-20 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.0 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 18 of its outings have gone under the total, while 13 have gone over and just one has pushed. As the road team this season, the Jackets are 4-11 SU.
Columbus has converted on 17.0 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 19th in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all penalties..
With a .910 save percentage and 25.5 saves per game, Joonas Korpisalo (13-13-3) has been the top option in goal for Columbus this year. Korpisalo played last night, however, so Columbus may choose to rest him and instead go with Elvis Merzlikins (0-9-4 record, .889 save percentage, 3.41 goals against average).
Detroit is 9-26 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 35 regular season matches, 17 of its games have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and just five have pushed. It’s 5-13 SU at home this year.
The Red Wings have converted on just 16.1 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s ranked 25th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 73.8 percent of all penalties.
Jonathan Bernier (26.0 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for the Red Wings. Bernier has seven wins, 14 losses, and two overtime losses to his name and has recorded a fairly-weak .897 save percentage and 3.22 goals against average this year.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Detroit Red Wings Betting Predictions
NHL Pick: SU Winner – Blue Jackets, O/U – Under
A majority (55.6 percent) of Detroit’s wins have come by two or more goals, and the team is 5-20 overall in such games. 4 of Columbus’ 13 wins (30.8 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.
The Red Wings are 5-7 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 7-17 when they’re in the box for fewer than 10 penalty minutes, total.
For both of these clubs, the total has gone over in three of their last five matches.
Columbus skaters have averaged 8.6 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 9.0 giveaways per game (ranked eighth in the NHL).
Detroit has averaged 14.4 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 12.2 giveaways per game (ranked 28th).