Friday NHL Free Pick
Anaheim, CA (The Spread) - When the Anaheim Ducks take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night, they may be squaring off against a team that has given up. That’s where you come in as a bettor. Continue reading for picks, odds and trends on this NHL matchup for January 7.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com, the Ducks are –115 money line favorites against the Blue Jackets (+106) on Friday night at 10:00PM ET. The over/under total for this game has been set at 5.5 goals.
Columbus comes into this game with a 20-17-2-1 overall record and is 17-23 against the spread according to latest NHL trends. They’re 9-8-2 on the road this year but have failed to cover in 10 of those 19 games. They’re averaging 2.42 goals on the road this year and 3.11 goals against.
Anaheim enters Friday night’s game with a 21-18-2-2 record and is 22-21 against the number. They’re 13-7-0-1 overall at home in 2010 but just 9-12 against the spread. They’re averaging 2.71 goals per game at home, compared to 2.57 goals against.
Friday NHL Free Pick:
The Jackets have dropped two in a row and are now 1-7-2 in their last 10 games away from Columbus. Jonas Hiller (19-4-3, 2.52 goals-against average) had his three-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday but the Predators, but he’s expected to be back in the net on Friday and he should bounce back. Columbus waived veteran defenseman Mike Commodore and rookie center Kyle Wilson recently and placed left wing Ethan Moreau on IR. That seem to be sputtered big time, going 6-11-3 in the past six weeks and now they’re 24th in goals scored per game (2.5) and 23rd per game in goals allowed (2.9). Our pick is the Ducks –115.
2011 NHL FREE PICK: ANAHEIM DUCKS –115