Columbus Blue Jackets at Colorado Avalanche 1/4/2015 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 1/3/2015
Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET
Pepsi Center in Denver
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The Columbus Blue Jackets, who are 2-4-0 against Central Division opponents this season, will be facing the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
During the 2013-14 season, the Avalanche were able to win both of their games against the Blue Jackets. They won their home game 5-3 early in the season, then defeated Columbus against in March by the score of 3-2 in overtime.
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In his five career starts against the Avalanche, Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is 3-1-1 with a 2.51 GAA and a .903 save percentage. Defenseman Jack Johnson has one goal and seven assists in 23 games against Colorado, while left wing Scott Hartnell has notched seven goals and 11 assists in 31 career games against them.
The Avalanche have now won five out of their last seven games after defeating the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in the shootout. Goalie Semyon Varlamov saved 28 of the 29 shots that came his way in that win for a .964 save percentage.
Even with their recent hot streak, the Avalanche are still near the bottom of the Western Conference in both scoring and goals against per game. Varlamov now has a 7-7-5 record with two shutouts, a .914 save percentage and a 2.87 GAA. Veteran center Daniel Briere has just seven goals and two assists on the season, but he still leads the team with three game-winning goals.
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
Colorado Avalanche Betting Trends
Colorado Avalanche are 15-23-0 Against the Spread
Colorado Avalanche are 18-18-0 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
12/23/14 LW Patrick Bordeleau Knee expected to miss 8-10 weeks
12/05/14 C Ben Street Hand out indefinitely
12/01/14 C John Mitchell Leg out indefinitely
11/25/14 LW Jamie McGinn Back out for season
10/23/14 D Ryan Wilson Shoulder out for season
10/06/14 RW Jesse Winchester Concussion out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Columbus
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