Minnesota Wild vs Columbus Blue Jackets 3/26/22 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday night.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 4-3 OT loss to Winnipeg last time out. Oliver Bjorkstrand has a team-high 49 points and Patrik Lain’es right behind with 48 points with Laine logging a team-high 25 goals and Bjorkstrand chipping in 23 goals and 26 assists. Jakub Voracek’s also got 47 points with a team-high 43 assists. Boone Jenner’s also got 44 points with 23 goals and 21 apples this season. Elvis Merzlikins has seen the majority of Columbus’ action in goal, going 22-15-4 with a 3.38 GAA and a .902 save percentage this season.

The Minnesota Wild will try to build on their current four-game win streak after a 3-2 OT win over Vancouver last time out. Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 78 points including team-highs of 33 goals and 45 assists while Mats Zuccarello has 63 points with 19 goals and 44 assists. Kevin Fiala has 56 points while Ryan Hartman has 48 points with 26 goals and Marcus Foligno has 19 goals as well this season. Cam Talbot’s gone 26-12-1 with a 2.82 GAA and a .910 save percentage for Winnipeg this season while Kaapo Kahkonen has gone 12-8-3 with a 2.87 GAA and a .910 save percentage this season.

Columbus is 1-4 in their last 5 games played on no rest and 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Western Conference while the over is 10-2 in their last 12 games played on no rest. Minnesota is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 10-1 in their last 11 games against the Metropolitan division while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games as a favorite.

I get the case to be made either way, but I’m still leaning towards Minnesota here. The Wild have had their issues, but they are rock solid at home and Columbus just had to go to OT against Winnipeg on Friday night as if the back-to-back spot on the road wasn’t bad enough. Give me Minnesota to get the win in regulation here to get the price down.

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