Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Coyotes vs Blue Jackets NHL Odds
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(0-0) Arizona Coyotes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (0-0)
Date: Wednesday, October 14th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Coyotes +130, Blue Jackets -145
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Coyotes +1.5 -210, Blue Jackets -1.5 +175
NHL Betting Total: O/U 5.5
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Nobody thinks these two teams are going anywhere this season, but it doesn’t mean we can’t make money betting on them (or against them). The Coyotes are in full tank mode – they sold away their whole team for draft picks and cap space. The Blue Jackets shouldn’t be too far ahead of them in the standings if things go as expected.
The story of this game is that the backup goalie for the Blue Jackets, Kivlenieks, died in the offseason unexpectedly in an accident. They’re hanging up his jersey for the game. It will be extremely emotional, especially for goalie Elvis Merzlikins who was good friends with him and share the same Latvian nationality.
Arizona ended with 54 points last season, not quite good enough to make the playoffs. They. T were one spot out of the playoffs, but not very close, sitting 9 points back from the Blues. They finished 20th in the league in percentage of expected goals (data from Natural Stat Trick).
These two teams haven’t played each other in over a season since last year was restricted to modified divisional play only for COVID reasons. It’ll be interesting to see if either team looks good enough to back as an underdog in the future.
We should be seeing Carter Hutton in net for the Coyotes. This Arizona team was known for having decent goaltending last year with Kuemper in net, but he’s not in Colorado. Without Kuemper, I think they’ll be in trouble.
Columbus Blue Jackets
As mentioned above, Columbus will be playing an emotional game, and will likely dedicate it to their fallen goalie. Hockey is one of those sports where any team can win if they give their full effort, and if they’re playing motivated hockey.
This is one of those spots. I think this line is good where it is, and I might have played it anyway, but with the extra motivation AND better team it’s an easy bet. Merzlikins is a pretty good goalie, but he has his ups and downs. I think he’ll be solid this game.
The Jackets were 26th in the league last year in expected goals % and were in the bottom of their division. That doesn’t matter in this game because they’re playing against one of the few teams that are worse than them.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Coyotes are 2-8 in their last 10 meetings.
- Coyotes are 3-8 in their last 11 meetings in Columbus.
- The Under is 10-1 in the last 11 CBJ games on 3+ days rest.
- The Over is 4-0 in the last 4 ARI road games.
- The Over is 4-0 in the last 4 CBJ home games.
- The Under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings.
4* Free NHL Betting Prediction: Columbus Blue Jackets -145
In addition to the motivation angle, another trend going for this team is that backing short favorites in the early NHL season is profitable. It hits at a high percentage with a good sample size.
Whoever wins this game will probably be good to fade in their next one. They may get too much credit for winning even though the other team is not good. For tonight at least, we’ll take the Blue Jackets in their home opener.
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