The Avalanche and Blue Jackets are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Blue Jackets will host the game at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH. In this non-conference matchup, the Avalanche are favored by -1.5 vs. the Blue Jackets. The over/under for the game is 6.5 goals.

COLORADO AVALANCHE VS COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets +1.5

This game will be played at Nationwide Arena at 7:00 ET on Monday, April 1st.

WHY BET THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:

  • The Avalanche enter this game as 1.5-goal favorites and in our projections and we anticipate them winning by a score of 4-3.
  • Take the Avalanche on the moneyline
  • On the puck line, we like Blue Jackets (+1.5)

Is A Road Victory Likely for Favored Colorado?

On the road this season, the Avalanche have gone 18-14-5 and have won their last four games away from home. In games against the Western Conference, Colorado has gone 31-12, and they are currently third in the conference standings. Overall, the Avalanche have gone 47-21-6 and have 100 points.

Colorado has been favored in 63 of their games this season and have gone 42-15-6 as the favorite. In their last ten games, the Avalanche have gone 8-2, and they have gone 3-2 in their last five games. In their last three games, Colorado has gone 1-2. In the Central Division, the Avalanche are in second place.

On the road this season, the Avalanche have a puck line record of 14-23, and they are 36-38 overall. So far, Colorado has 33 wins by multiple goals and an average scoring margin of +.8 goals per game. In their last ten games, the Avs have gone 5-5 vs. the puck line.

Overall, the team has been favored in 63 games and has a puck line record of 31-32 in those games. In their last five road games, the Avalanche have gone 3-2 vs. the puck line.

This season, Colorado’s games are averaging 6.8 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.4. The Avalanche currently have an over/under record of 41-30-3.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Colorado has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 3-0 overall in these games.

On offense, the Avalanche are averaging 3.7 goals per game which is 1st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 4th in the league. The Avalanche went 32-11 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 12-9.

Colorado’s current leading scorer is Nathan MacKinnon. This season, he has 47 goals, which puts him 4th in the NHL. MacKinnon also comes into the game with 80 assists.

Defensively, the Blue Jackets come into the season ranked 1st in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 33.6 shots per game against Columbus. For the season, they are ranked 31st in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Justus Annunen comes into the game having made nine starts this season. So far, his record is 6-3 and he has a save percentage of 0.369%.

Does Columbus Have What it Takes to Win as Home Underdogs?

At home this season, the Blue Jackets have gone 14-18-5, and they have gone 24-38-12 overall. In the Eastern Conference, Columbus is in 16th place, and in the Metropolitan Division, they are in 8th place. In their last ten games, the Blue Jackets have gone just 2-8, and they have dropped four straight games.

As the underdog, Columbus has gone 20-36-11 this season, and they have been the underdog in 67 of their 74 games. Against teams in the Eastern Conference, the Blue Jackets have gone 11-33, and they have gone 5-17 against teams in the Metropolitan Division. In their last five games, Columbus has gone just 1-4.

As the underdog, the Blue Jackets have a puck line record of 39-28 this season, including a puck line mark of 21-16 on the road. So far, Columbus has 15 wins by multiple goals and 9 wins by just one goal.

Over their last ten home games, the Blue Jackets have gone 8-2 against the puck line. Overall, their average scoring margin for the year sits at -0.8 goals per game.

The average goal total for Columbus’ games is sitting at 6.6. The average over/under line for the season is 6.5. The Blue Jackets come in with an over/under record of 35-35-4.

The Avalanche are 2-1 puck line in their three last road games and 3-0 straight-up.

On offense, the Blue Jackets are averaging 2.9 goals per game which is 25th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 18th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Blue Jackets offense is 32nd in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 25th in the NHL.

Columbus’ current leading scorer is Boone Jenner. This season, he has 22 goals, which puts him 88th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 13 assists so far.

Defensively, the Blue Jackets come into the season ranked 1st in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 33.6 shots per game against Columbus. For the season, they are ranked 31st in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Colorado, goalie Daniil Tarasov has started 21 games in this season. His current record is 7-11, and his save percentage stands at 0.586%.