Red Wings vs. Blue Jackets Prediction
The Red Wings are in the midst of a rough 1-8-1-0 stretch and find themselves massive underdogs on Friday night when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7:00 p.m. ET. With the total sitting at 5.5, what’s the best play for bettors?
059 Detroit Red Wings (+250) at 060 Columbus Blue Jackets (-300); o/u 5.5
7:00 p.m. ET, February 7, 2020
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Public Betting Information
Our NHL Public Betting Information page shows that 84% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Blue Jackets to win on the money line.
Detroit Red Wings Fantasy Spin
Jonathan Bernier turned aside 29 of 32 shots in Thursday's 4-3 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres. Bernier kept the Sabres off the board for the first 45 minutes of the game, but he eventually conceded three goals in the third frame. Thankfully for the Wings, he managed to keep the puck out of the net in the shootout. He has an 11-14-2 record with a 2.89 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage this season
Columbus Blue Jackets Fantasy Spin
The Columbus Blue Jackets' season GAA isn't far off from its franchise record. Columbus has posted a GAA of just 1.72 over its last 25 games, which has dropped their season GAA to just 2.46. The Blue Jackets' all-time best was in 2016-17 when they finished at 2.35. Elvis Merzlikins' recent success has played a huge part in the Blue Jackets' recent stinginess. From Dec. 31st onward, he's been arguably the best goaltender in the league with an 11-2-0 record, 1.62 GAA, and .951 save percentage in 13 starts.
The Red Wings are 14-41 in their last 55 games as a road underdog and are 14-51 in their last 55 road games overall.
The Blue Jackets are 5-0 in their last five home games and are 17-5 in their last 22 games overall.
The over is a perfect 4-0 in the last four meetings between these two teams but I’m going to puck that trend and take the under, which is 3-1-1 in the Red Wings’ last five games overall and is 4-1 in their last five games when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous game. The under is also 8-2 in the Blue Jackets’ last 10 games overall, is 46-20-5 in their last 71 games coming off a win and is 41-19-1 in their last 61 home games.
Friday NHL Prediction: Red Wings/Blue Jackets UNDER 5.5