Columbus Blue Jackets at Detroit Red Wings 12/16/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 12/15/2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM ET
Joe Louis Arena in Detroit
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The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to continue their hottest stretch of the season when they go up against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. In their first meeting this year, the Red Wings were able to blow out the Blue Jackets 5-0 in Columbus.
On Saturday, the Blue Jackets won their fifth straight game by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in the shootout. They were outshot 36-27 in that win, but they also held the Penguins scoreless on their four power play opportunities.
So far this season, the Blue Jackets have one of the better power plays in the league by scoring on 23.1 percent of their chances with the extra man. Left wing Nick Foligno currently leads the team in goals with 14, while center Ryan Johansen has a team-high 18 assists.
The Red Wings have now lost three straight games after the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated them 4-1 on the road on Saturday night. They played well on the power play in that game, but they also ended up being outshot 41-28.
The Red Wings have been able to score 2.9 goals per game this year while allowing just 2.4 goals per game. Veteran winger Henrik Zetterberg has scored five goals this season and leads Detroit in points with 26. Netminder Jimmy Howard is now 13-5-6 on the year with one shutout, a .918 save percentage and a 2.14 GAA.
Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Trends
Columbus Blue Jackets are 12-17-0 Against the Spread
Columbus Blue Jackets are 14-13-0 against the Over/Under
Detroit Red Wings Betting Trends
Detroit Red Wings are 17-14-0 Against the Spread
Detroit Red Wings are 15-11-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
Columbus Blue Jackets
12/15/14 D Fedor Tyutin Knee "?" Tuesday vs. Detroit
12/13/14 LW Scott Hartnell Rest expected to miss 2 weeks
12/02/14 C Mark Letestu Groin expected to miss 6 weeks
12/01/14 C Artem Anisimov Tricep expected to miss 2-3 months
11/06/14 D Ryan Murray Knee out indefinitely
10/05/14 RW Nathan Horton Back out indefinitely
Detroit Red Wings
12/15/14 RW Johan Franzen Illness probable Tuesday vs. Columbus
12/15/14 LW Justin Abdelkader Shoulder "?" Tuesday vs. Columbus
12/15/14 LW Tomas Tatar Illness probable Tuesday vs. Columbus
12/13/14 D Danny DeKeyser Upper Body "?" Tuesday vs Columbus
12/13/14 C Stephen Weiss Shoulder expected to miss 1-2 weeks
11/07/14 GO Jonas Gustavsson Shoulder expected to miss 2 months
Tony's Pick: Take Detroit
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