Columbus Blue Jackets at Colorado Avalanche Matchup Preview 11/9/19

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Gustav Nyquist, Pierre-Luc Dubois, and the Columbus Blue Jackets are set to face off against Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, and the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in an East-West showdown. The match will get started at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 9, and it’ll be shown live on Altitude Sports & Entertainment.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Colorado Avalanche Odds

This matchup’s moneyline and Over/Under odds have not been posted by oddsmakers yet.

Colorado is 9-7 straight up (SU) and has earned 2.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. That win percentage, ranked second in the Central Division so far in the early season, is a welcomed improvement compared to what the team did during last year’s regular season (38-44). Of the team’s 16 games this season, nine have gone over the total, while six have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 5-3 SU at home this year.

The Avalanche have converted on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 23rd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.6 percent of all penalties.

Boasting a .915 save percentage and 30.5 saves per game, Philipp Grubauer (6-5-2) has been the top goalkeeper for Colorado this season. If Colorado decides to give him a rest, however, head coach Jared Bednar might go with Pavel Francouz (3-2-2 record, .906 save percentage, 2.98 goals against average).

Over on the visiting bench, Columbus is 6-10 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 10 of its contests have gone under the total, while six have gone over and none have pushed. As the road team this season, the Blue Jackets are 3-4 SU.

The Blue Jackets have converted on just 13.5 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 24th overall and it’s successfully killed off 77.6 percent of all opponent power plays.

Joonas Korpisalo (25.2 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Columbus. Korpisalo has six wins, seven losses, and one OT loss to his credit, and has registered a .896 save percentage and 3.05 goals against average this year.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Colorado Avalanche Betting Picks

Prediction: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • The total has gone under in four of Columbus’ last five outings.
  • Two clubs that shoot the puck early and often, Columbus has attempted the league’s 10th-most shots on goal (33.1) while Colorado has attempted the 10th-most (33.1).
  • 77.8 percent of Colorado’s wins have come by two or more goals (the team is 7-4 overall in such games) while only 0.0 percent of Columbus’ wins have come by two goals or more (0-5 overall in such games).
  • Columbus skaters created 23.0 hits per game last season, while the Avs logged 21.9 hits per contest.