Columbus Blue Jackets at Arizona Coyotes 1/3/2015 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 1/2/2015
Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET
Gila River Arena in Glendale
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On Saturday night, the Columbus Blue Jackets will be going for their third win in a row when they visit the Arizona Coyotes.
Last season, the Blue Jackets were able to win both of their games against the Coyotes. They shut them out 2-0 on the road in their first meeting, and then beat them again by the score of 4-3 in overtime later in the season.
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Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno has four points in nine games against Arizona in his career, while veteran Scott Hartnell has been able to notch 10 goals and six assists in 28 games against them. Netminder Sergei Bobrovsky has only faced Columbus three times in his career, going 2-0-1 against them with one shutout, a 1.90 GAA and a .940 save percentage.
In their last game, the Coyotes had one of their worst performances of the season when they were shut out 6-0 by the Dallas Stars on the road. They were 0-for-3 on the power play in that loss and couldn't score despite putting 32 of their shots on goal.
The Coyotes have only been able to score 2.2 goals per game this season while allowing opposing offenses to score 3.2 goals per game against them. Offensively, they have been led by center Antoine Vermette, who now has a team-high 10 goals with 15 assists on the season.
Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Trends
Columbus Blue Jackets are 16-19-0 Against the Spread
Columbus Blue Jackets are 17-16-0 against the Over/Under
Arizona Coyotes Betting Trends
Arizona Coyotes are 14-23-0 Against the Spread
Arizona Coyotes are 20-15-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
Columbus Blue Jackets
12/30/14 RW Cam Atkinson Shoulder expected to miss 5-7 days
12/20/14 C Boone Jenner Back expected to miss 1-2 months
12/19/14 C Brian Gibbons Knee expected to miss 2-3 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
12/31/14 D Chris Summers Upper Body out indefinitely
12/31/14 C Joe Vitale Lower Body "?" Saturday vs Columbus
Tony's Pick: Take Columbus
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