Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers Free Pick 3/21/19

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Last Updated: 2019-03-21

The Columbus Blue Jackets, led by Artemi Panarin and Matt Duchene, are ready to take the ice against Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place in an East-West matchup. Sportsnet ONE will broadcast the game, and the action gets going at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 21.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers Odds

The Blue Jackets (-135) are favored over the Oilers (+115) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals. The odds for betting that total stand at -120 for the over and +100 for the under.

Columbus is 40-33 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 73 regular season contests, 40 of its games have gone under the total, while 27 have gone over and just six have pushed. The Jackets are 20-15 SU on the road in 2018-19.

Columbus has converted on just 15.3 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-5 overall among NHL teams. Having said that, it has the third-best penalty kill in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off 84.7 percent of its penalties..

Averaging 25.9 saves per game with a .909 save percentage, Sergei Bobrovsky (31-24-1) has been the top option in goal for Columbus this season. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, head coach John Tortorella could roll with Joonas Korpisalo (9-15-3 record, .901 save percentage, 2.91 goals against average).

On the other side of the ice, Edmonton is 32-41 straight up (SU) and has lost 11.6 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 73 regular season matches, 35 of its games have gone under the total, while 33 have gone over and just five have pushed. This season, the team’s 16-19 SU as the home team.

The Oilers have converted on just 21.0 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.3 percent of all opponent power plays.

Mikko Koskinen has stopped 25.6 shots per game as the top netminder in the crease for the Oilers. Koskinen has 22 wins, 25 losses, and four OT losses and has registered a poor .908 save percentage and 2.89 goals against average this season.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers Free Picks

Free Pick: SU Winner – Blue Jackets, O/U – Under


Betting Trends

40.6 percent of Edmonton’s wins have come by two or more goals (the team is 13-29 overall in games decided by at least two scores) while 60.0 percent of Columbus’ wins have come by two goals or more (24-23 overall in such games).

The Blue Jackets are 20-12 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 33-26 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.

Edmonton (3-2 in shootouts this season) has more experience in games decided by shootout. Columbus has only participated in two shootouts this year, winning one and losing the other.

For both of these clubs, the total has gone over in three of their past five outings.

Columbus skaters have averaged 9.0 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 7.4 giveaways per game (the fourth-fewest in the league).

Edmonton has averaged 15.8 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 11.8 giveaways per game (ranked 24th).

The Oilers this season have tallied the fourth-most hits in the NHL (26.9 per game).

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