Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Predators vs. Blue Jackets NHL Odds
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(19-11-1) Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (14-13-1)
Date: Thursday December 30th
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Nationwide Arena, Columbus
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Predators -125 Blue Jackets +105 (Bet Now!)
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Predators -1.5 +190 Blue Jackets +1.5 -275
NHL Betting Total: O/U 5.5
These two squads enter this tilt after a long layoff, with neither playing in a nearly a week. While Nashville entered the unexpected break on an 8-2 run, their opponent stumbled going 2-6-2 in that same timeframe.
The Nashville Predators are currently only one game behind St. Louis for tying for first place in The Central Division, although they’ll have their hands full with this dominant home team. For substance, The Blue Jackets have amassed an impressive 9-3-1 home record this season.
Offensively speaking, The Predators are dominant on the powerplay, capitalizing on a shocking 24.4% of their chances. Unfortunately, they’ve wrangled with the ability to score, only averaging 2.9 goals, on 29.6 shots per outing.
On the defensive board, they’re shutting teams down at an alarming rate, ranking 5th for shots against, and 11th for goals against per game; by way of an average of 2.7 goals, and 29.5 shots against.
Unfortunately though, The Predators are only successfully defending opponents powerplays 80.4% of the time, which sadly ranks 16th in the NHL.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets began the year in impressive fashion, but since have faltered on the defensive end of the ice, losing costly close matchups.
On the offensive glass, they’re averaging 3.2 goals, on 29.9 shots per game; which ranks 11th, and 20th in the NHL. Moreover, Columbus is ranked 18th on the powerplay, by holding an 18.6 PP%.
Defensively, The Blue jackets are ranked dead last on shots against per game, by allowing a staggering 34.8 shots on average. Furthermore, they are getting scored on 3.4 times a game, which ranks a horrendous 26th.
Additionally, they’re also suffering on the powerplay defensively, ranking 22nd by claiming an 78.7 PK%.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Nashville is 7-0 SU in their last 7 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 3 of Nashville’s last 4 games played.
- Columbus is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games played on 1 day of rest.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus’ last 5 games against Western Conference foes.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 out of the last 5 times these teams played in Columbus.
Free Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Prediction
As amazing as Columbus has been in Nationwide Arena, Nashville is just on a different level right now, while they’ve only lost once in their last 8 games. That being said, the moneyline doesn’t hold a ton of value for the road team.
Luckily, extreme value exists in the total, as 4 out of the last 5 times Columbus has played western conference opponents, those games resulted in the over.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: OVER 5.5
To boot, 80 percent of the time these teams played in the last few years in Columbus, they’ve also cashed the over. To boot, these angles result in us recommending the over 5.5 on this Central Division clash.
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