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(28-18-2) Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Winnipeg Jets (32-16-1)
Date: Thursday, January 31st
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Jets -145
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds:
NHL Betting Total: 6.5
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Thursday’s matchup between Columbus and Winnipeg is one of those games where there’s value on both squads. Winnipeg is on a roll as the 2nd seed in the East and with the 3rd most points in the entire NHL. Columbus is in 7th in the East but has also played really well in Manitoba in the recent past. Who gets the edge?
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets are the underdog Thursday but not as bad as you’d think with a line of CLB +125. Columbus came out of the all-star break a little rusty with a 4-5 home loss to Buffalo as -168 favorites, their 3rd loss in a row. Seeing some offense was nice however as Columbus had scored just two total goals in the two games leading up to the break.
Oddsmakers are expecting some goals to be scored Thursday, setting the O/U at 6.5. Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky probably has something to do with that number as he’s surrendered 4+ goals in 3 of his last 4 outings. He will be up against a fatigued Jets team Thursday however.
Whoever drew up the NHL schedule is throwing Winnipeg into the fire right out of the gate off all-star weekend. The contest with Columbus is already the Jets’ third since Monday. Counting prior to the break, the Jets had played four straight contests on the road so they should get a boost returning home where Winnipeg is 18-6-1 on the year.
Despite playing 3 games in 4 nights, Winnipeg should still have top goaltender Connor Hellebuyck available in net. He picked up a win Tuesday in Boston and has made at least 38 saves in three straight starts. With Winnipeg’s #6 scoring offense and defense ahead of him, Hellebuyck should be in line for another W Thursday.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Blue Jackets are 5-0 in their last 5 games on 1 days rest
- Jets are 4-0 their last four vs. a team with a winning record
- Jets are 5-2 their last 7 overall
- Blue Jackets are 6-2 their last 8 meetings in Winnipeg
- Road team is 7-3 the last 10 H2H meetings
Free Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Winnipeg Jets NHL Prediction:
Don’t look too much into the trends of Columbus playing well vs. the Jets because the teams haven’t met since October of 2017. Winnipeg is vastly improved since then. The value in Thursday’s line comes from Winnipeg being forced into action the first two nights off the all-star break.
With a night off Winnipeg should be refreshed and recharged. Being at home doesn’t hurt either especially as Columbus comes in off a very disappointing loss.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Winnipeg -145
A lower scoring game than expected still results in a Jets victory.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Winnipeg 3 – Columbus 2
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