Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Blue Jackets vs Oilers NHL Odds
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(32-29-12) Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers (32-34-7)
Date: Thursday, March 21st
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Blue Jackets -125 | Oilers +105
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 6
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The Columbus Blue jackets have lost 2 in a row and are 4-5-1 over their last 10 yet they still have a hold of the #2 wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Montreal is just a point back from the last postseason spot in the conference so Columbus is definitely in a must-win Thursday vs. Edmonton.
The Oilers have the 3rd fewest points in the Western Conference but they are still just 7 points back from the 2nd wild card spot. With only 9 games left, Edmonton is, for all intents and purposes, out of the postseason run but they are still playing tough.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets have dropped two in a row but they’ve both been as underdogs in tough road contests. Columbus dropped 1-2 OT loss to Boston (+155) and a 2-4 defeat to Calgary (+110) but find themselves as favorites on the road in this one.
Columbus is a solid 20-13-2 on the road this season but their offense has gone inept in their last five games going away. Over that span the Blue Jackets have just 5 goals total and have gone 1-4 during that stretch. It even took OT to get the victory in New Jersey even though Columbus was listed at -225.
Thursday’s game is playing out to be a low scoring affair. Sergei Bobrovsky will try to ensure that as he takes the net looking to continue a solid run. In his last 6 games, Bobrovksy has held four opponents to a goal or less.
The Oilers return home after a three game road swing in which they went 1-2. Edmonton looked really rough in the last two, dropping games to Vegas and St. Louis by a combined score of 5 to 13.
Edmonton is just 16-17-1 on their own ice this season however and the last time they were at the Rogers Place they fell 3-6 to New Jersey as a -304 favorite! the passionate Edmonton fan base could be their worst enemy on Thursday.
The Edmonton offense has gone into vacation mode as they’ve scored 2 goals or less in 7 of the last 10 games. With not a lot of backup coming his way, Mikko Koskinen will need to be great vs. Columbus. Koskinen has dropped 3 of 4 starts however, allowing 15 goals over that span.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Blue Jackets are 0-4 in their last four road games
- Blue Jackets are 39-18 their last 57 as a road favorite
- Oilers are 6-14 their last 20 home games
- Blue Jackets are 8-20 the last 28 in Edmonton
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Under
Two struggling offenses make this an under play. The Blue Jackets have solid value at -121 and should pull off the win to hold on to the 2nd wild card spot. They’ve been so bad on the road lately that there’s still some risk on backing Columbus.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Blue Jackets 2 – Oilers 1
Aside from a complete meltdown from Koskinen this contest should be on the low scoring side.
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