Devils at Blue Jackets 12/20/18 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs New Jersey Devils
Date & Time: 12/21/2018, 12:00 AM UTC
Latest Odds: CBJ -186 Total 5.5
TV Channel: FSOH

The Devils are a team that has become a punching bag for a lot of the NHL teams this year. However, the Devils are a team that can easily come out and shock a lot of people with how strong they can play. The downside is the Devils have not really been able to put that together on the ice much this year and that explains why the Devils only have a total of 11 wins on the season, but what will hurt as well is Schneider, the starting goalie for the Devils just got put on the injured reserve.

The Devils are scoring 3.03 goals a game, but are giving up 3.52 goals a game. The Devils have converted on the power play at 18.6%, but have killed off 81.6%.
The Blue Jackets are coming into the game here after winning the last game they were in against the Golden Knights. However, the victory was a close battle and it definitely is going to be one that has helped to show the Blue Jackets are a team that has been able to battle though a lot of the problems as the game was a 1-0 shutout win that seen the Blue Jackets defense show up huge.

The Blue Jackets have been able to score at a clip of 3.27 goals a game, but have given up 3.15 goals a game. The Blue Jackets power play is converting at 15.1%, but have killed off 79.8%.

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Devils are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.

Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Over is 9-4-2 in Devils last 15 vs. Metropolitan.
Under is 5-0 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall.

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The Devils are struggling quite a bit on the defensive side of the puck and it is going to only get worse with the injury to Schneider sending him to the injured list. However, the Blue Jackets offense has cooled off some, but that is in part contributed to the teams they were playing. Look for the Blue Jackets to come into this game strong and bring home a win on the offensive side. Final Score Prediction, Columbus Blue Jackets win 4-2.

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