Facing each other for the third and final time this season, the Detroit Red Wings and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet at Nationwide Arena. The opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 7, and fans at home can witness this Eastern Conference matchup live on Fox Sports Detroit.
Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets Odds
The Blue Jackets are 29-25 straight up (SU) and have netted moneyline bettors 7.0 units this year. That early-season winning percentage is fairly close to what the team produced during the 2018-19 season (47-35). Of its 54 games this season, 19 have gone under the total, while 19 have gone over and just one has pushed. This year, the team is 17-11 SU at home.
Columbus has converted on just 17.1 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 25th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.4 percent of all penalties.
Columbus, as a collective unit, has been penalized just 3.1 times per game overall this season, and 1.2 per game over its past five contests. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 6.1 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, overall.
Averaging 25.7 saves per game with a .913 save percentage, Joonas Korpisalo (17-15-5) has been the primary option in goal for the Blue Jackets this season. If head coach John Tortorella decides to give him the evening off, however, the team might turn to Elvis Merzlikins (11-12-12 record, .929 save percentage, 2.30 goals against average).
Pierre-Luc Dubois and Gustav Nyquist will each be focal points for the Blue Jackets. Dubois (42 points) has tallied 17 goals and 25 assists and has recorded multiple points nine times this year. Nyquist has 12 goals and 22 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 26 games.
Detroit has lost 23.1 units for moneyline bettors this year and is currently 13-42 straight up (SU). A total of 25 of its games have gone under the total, while 23 have gone over and just six have pushed. As the road team , Detroit is 5-22 SU.
Detroit has converted on just 14.7 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that places it in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 31st overall and it’s successfully killed off 74.0 percent of all penalties.
Detroit’s skaters have been penalized 3.6 times per game in total this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five on the road. The team has had to kill penalties just 8.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jonathan Bernier (26.3 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Detroit. Bernier owns an 11-20-2 record, and has registered a .908 save percentage and 2.89 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Red Wings, the offense will run through Dylan Larkin (15 goals, 24 assists) and Tyler Bertuzzi (18 goals, 19 assists).
Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Predictions
Pick: SU Winner – Blue Jackets, O/U – Under
Columbus is 0-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Detroit is 2-1 in shootouts.
Three of Columbus’ last five outings gone under the total.
Over Detroit’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 0-7 in those games).
Detroit skaters created 21.3 hits per game last season, while the Blue Jackets posted 23.0 hits per matchup.