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Wild vs Blue Jackets Pick – NHL Predictions & Odds 2/26/23

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Columbus Blue Jackets (19-35-5) vs. Minnesota Wild (32-21-6)
February 26, 2023 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Wild -263 / Columbus Blue Jackets +205; Over/Under: +5.5
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild meet Sunday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Boone Jenner leads Columbus with 18 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 39 assists and Patrik Laine has 146 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 82 goals on 926 shots faced, and Elvis Merzlikins has given up 91 goals on 716 shots.

The Minnesota Wild Betting Preview

The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota with 34 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 36 assists and Joel Eriksson Ek has 184 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 96 goals on 1,001 shots faced, and Filip Gustavsson has allowed 55 goals on 762 shots.

The Blue Jackets are 22-55 in their last 77 road games and 15-36 in their last 51 overall. The Wild are 71-30 in their last 101 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The under is 5-0 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall. The under is 23-8-2 in Wild last 33 overall. The Blue Jackets are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

Randy’s Free Pick

The Columbus Blue Jackets remain on the fade list, as they don’t play a lick of defense, and they don’t win games. The Minnesota Wild have been one of the best home teams in the country dating back to last year, and they’ve beaten up on the Blue Jackets in past meetings. Only option for me here. Give me the Wild and the PL.

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