Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Predictions

Wed 5/5 7:08 ET
Nashville Predators
Blue Jackets
Columbus Blue Jackets
Nationwide Arena

Pickswise's Expert Predictions & Analysis

Money Line Prediction
NAS Predators Win
Game Totals Prediction

Money Line Prediction

The Nashville Predators helped their chances of getting into the playoffs with a 4-3 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. They can inch closer to that final spot in the Central Division with another win over the Jackets on Wednesday. The Predators have won four of their last five games while averaging 3.20 goals on 31.4 shots per game during this stretch. Nashville has played great in the second half of the season to get itself in this spot and is 6-3-1 in their last 10. As a team the Predators have battled through injuries but it has made their chemistry stronger and it is evident in the way they play an unselfish style of hockey as players move up and down the lineup. Filip Forsberg returned from an injury two games ago and promptly delivered a goal and an assist against Columbus, while Calle Jarnkork might have lost some ice time when Forsberg returned but he has played hard regardless with four point in his last five games. The Predators’ rock all season long has been their captain and points leader Roman Josi, who has four point in his last four games and will surely be included in the Norris Trophy discussions at the end of the season.

Columbus can now be talked about in the same group as the Sabres and Ducks near the bottom of the NHL. The Blue Jackets have one win in their last 12 games and are allowing an average of 3.75 goals against over that span. Head coach John Tortorella has lost the team and his contract won’t be renewed at the end of the season. These are two points the Predators need and they won’t let the Blue Jackets get as close as their last game. Go with Nashville.

Game Totals Prediction

Columbus is 1-5-4 in their last 10 games and their fall is all due to their lack of scoring ability. The two players they brought in via trade from the Jets have not met expectations. Jack Roslovic has no goals in his last five while Patrik Laine has no goals in his last eight games and is a -26 since he came over from Winnipeg. As a team the Jackets have average only 1.92 goals per game over their last 12 and they were lucky to score three in the third against the Predators on Monday. They were getting shut out through 40 minutes. Juuse Saros is clearly an elite goaltender in the NHL now and will be guiding the Predators into the playoffs after he helps them secure two more wins. In his last five starts he is 4-1 with a .941 save percentage and 2.16 GAA. The Predators are a team that knows they need to buy into the defense first system in order for them to win hockey games and they have proven it with three of their last five games staying under the total number. Columbus has been in under in three of its last five games due to the fact that it doesn’t score nearly enough. Nashville was sloppy in the third period on Monday and that won’t happen again. This game should stay well under the total number. Take the under. Under 5 at the time this was published.

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