Blues vs Blue Jackets Prediction NHL Picks Today 1/30

Blues vs Blue Jackets Prediction NHL Picks Today 1/30

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Preview: St. Louis Blues vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - Prediction KingPin Pro

Introduction

Get ready for an intense matchup as the Columbus Blue Jackets face off against the St. Louis Blues. This comprehensive preview includes player statistics, recent team performances, and a prediction for the game scheduled on January 30, 2024, at 6:00 PM.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets, with a record of 15-24-10, look to build on their recent success against the St. Louis Blues.

Goaltender Matchup:

The Blue Jackets boast Elvis Merzlikins (8 wins, 3.35 GA/G, .901 SV%) and Daniil Tarasov (3 wins, 3.79 GA/G, .881 SV%). The Blues counter with Jordan Binnington (17 wins, 2.97 GA/G, .907 SV%) and Joel Hofer (9 wins, 2.89 GA/G, .909 SV%).

 

Game Information

The game is set to take place at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO, on January 30, 2024, at 6:00 PM. The Blues are favored with a -185 money line, and the over/under is set at 6.5 goals.

 

Scoring Leaders

Key scorers to watch include Johnny Gaudreau for the Blue Jackets and Robert Thomas for the Blues. Gaudreau leads with 31 points, including 7 goals and 24 assists. Thomas has accumulated 52 points, comprising 17 goals and 35 assists.

 

Injury Report

Notable injuries include Adam Fantilli and Jack Roslovic for the Blue Jackets, both expected to be out until February 10. For the Blues, Scott Perunovich, Justin Faulk, and Kasperi Kapanen are expected to be out until February 10, with Kapanen additionally on IR until February 15.

 

Team Stats

Let's delve into the team statistics:

Team GF/G GA/G SF/G SA/G PIM PPG PCT PPGA PCT SHG SHGA
Columbus Blue Jackets 2.96 3.74 29.7 33.5 391 21 14.9 32 77.1 2 0
St. Louis Blues 2.90 3.15 29.1 32.0 321 22 15.5 28 78.0 11 0

 

Recent Performances

Review the last 5 games for both teams:

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets faced a recent loss against Seattle (1/28) and an overtime loss to Vancouver (1/27). However, they secured a victory against Calgary (1/25).

St. Louis Blues

The Blues are coming off thrilling overtime victories against LA (1/28), Seattle (1/26), Vancouver (1/24), and Calgary (1/23).

 

Prediction

The Columbus Blue Jackets, having already beaten the Blues earlier this season, are poised to put up a strong fight. With their recent performances and the +1.5 spread, the Blue Jackets are a favorable pick, offering a cushion in case of a close contest.

Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets +1.5

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