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The Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Friday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena. The Minnesota Wild look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win to snap a four-game losing streak.
The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota with 28 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 40 assists and Kevin Fiala has 173 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 76.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed 99 goals on 1,074 shots faced, and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 60 goals on 683 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Boone Jenner leads Columbus with 23 goals, Jakub Voracek has 40 assists and Zach Werenski has 165 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 118 goals on 1,201 shots faced, and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 62 goals on 548 shots.
The Wild are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The over is 4-0 in Wild last 4 overall. The over is 34-13-4 in Blue Jackets last 51 overall. The Wild are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Minnesota Wild have been dominant in the favorite role all season long, and they’re showing signs over the last week of getting out of a minor funk. The Columbus Blue Jackets can’t get out of their own way, and now they’re on the end of a back to back, something they haven’t handled well this season. The Wild should get the job done here, and I’ll take the PL to shave down the price.