Don’t miss out on the NHL showdown between the Blue Jackets and Ducks. The game is starting at 10:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Ducks at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. Get ready to place your bets! This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 6.5 goals, and the Ducks are favored by -1.5 against the Blue Jackets.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS ANAHEIM DUCKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Anaheim Ducks -1.5

This game will be played at Honda Center at 10:00 ET on Wednesday, February 21st.

WHY BET THE ANAHEIM DUCKS:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Blue Jackets to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Blue Jackets on the moneyline (+109)
  • The Blue Jackets are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Will the Columbus Defense Show Up on the Road?

With a record of 17-27-10, the Blue Jackets are in 8th place in the Metropolitan Division and 16th in the Eastern Conference. On the road this season, Columbus has gone 8-13-6.

As the underdog, the Blue Jackets have gone 15-25-9 this season and have lost three straight games as the underdog. Over their last ten games, Columbus has gone 3-7, and they are 2-3 in their last five games.

On the road this year, the Blue Jackets have a puck line record of 17-10 and an average scoring margin of -.9 goals per game. So far, they have 22 losses by more than one goal and have gone 1-4 against the puck line in their last three games.

Overall, Columbus’ puck line record sits at 30-24, and they have dropped three straight games vs. the puck line as the underdog. The team’s scoring margin when they are not favored is -.9 goals per contest, and they have gone 29-20 vs. the puck line as the underdog.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Columbus is 6.7. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.5. The Blue Jackets come in with an over/under record of 27-24-3.

Through their last three road games, Columbus has an puck line record of just 0-3. However, their overall record was 1-2 while averaging 2 goals per game.

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 23rd in the league. This season, the Blue Jackets have a 7-8 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 10-18 record.

The leading scorer for Columbus’ offense is Boone Jenner. Coming into the game he has 17 goals, ranking 86th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 6 assists so far.

Entering the game, the Ducks’ defense ranks 28th in takeaways, averaging 5.8 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 5th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.3 goals per game.

Entering the game, goalie Daniil Tarasov has started 11 games this season. His current record stands at 3-6, and his save percentage is 0.377%.

Will the Ducks Defense Show Up at Home?

At home this season, the Ducks have gone just 8-18-1, and they have been the underdog in 49 of their 55 games. In the Western Conference standings, Anaheim is in 14th place, and they have a record of 20-33-2. In games against other Western Conference teams, the Ducks have gone 9-19.

Over their last ten games, the Ducks have gone 5-5, and they have won two of their last three games. This season, Anaheim has been favored in six games, and they have gone just 2-4 in those games. Against teams in the Pacific Division, the Ducks have gone 4-9.

When playing at home, the Ducks have gone 13-14 against the puck line this year, and they have gone 29-26 overall. So far, Anaheim has 11 losses by just one goal, compared to nine wins by multiple goals. Overall, the team’s average scoring margin is at -0.9 goals per game.

As the favorite, the Ducks have gone just 1-5 against the puck line, and they are 5-5 in their last ten games. Across their last ten home games, the team has gone just 4-6 against the puck line, and they have dropped their last two games at home vs. the puck line.

On average, Anaheim’s games have finished with 6.1 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.3. In total, the Ducks come in with an over/under record of 25-27-3.

Through their last three road contests, the Blue Jackets offense has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing an average of 4. Columbus posted an overall record of 1-2 while going 0-3 ATS.

On offense, the Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game which is 29th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 28th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Ducks offense is 20th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 14th in the NHL.

Anaheim’s leading scorer is Frank Vatrano. So far, he has 26 goals which is 22nd in the NHL. Vatrano also comes into the game with 18 assists.

Entering the game, the Ducks’ defense ranks 28th in takeaways, averaging 5.8 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 5th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.3 goals per game.

Entering the game, goalie John Gibson has started 34 games this season. His current record stands at 12-19, and his save percentage is 0.858%.