Looking to win big? The Blue Jackets and Devils face off at 7:00 ET on BSOH. The Devils are hosting the game at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The over/under for this Metropolitan division contest is set at 7 goals, with the Devils being the favored team playing at home against the Blue Jackets.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS NEW JERSEY DEVILS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New Jersey Devils -1.5
This game will be played at Prudential Center at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, December 27th.
WHY BET THE NEW JERSEY DEVILS:
- The Devils 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 Devils on the moneyline
- On the spread, we like Blue Jackets (+1.5)
Can Columbus Lock in a Road Win?
In their 35 games, the Blue Jackets have a 11-18-6 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 7-10-3 record, and their record on the road is 4-8-3. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 8th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 15th.
In terms of the puck line, Columbus posted a 21-14 record. On the road they are 11-4 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 10-10. This season, Columbus’ games are averaging 6.7 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.5. The Blue Jackets currently have an over/under record of 20-15-0.
Across their last three road contests, Columbus has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 6 goals per game.
In terms of their offensive performance, the Blue Jackets are averaging 3.1 goals per game this season, putting them in the 11th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 12th in the league. Columbus’ offense comes into the game ranked 25th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 32nd in the NHL.
Columbus will be looking for a good game from Boone Jenner who leads the team in scoring with 13 goals, ranking 46th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Jenner has 5 assists this season.
Entering the game, the Devils’ defense ranks 13th in takeaways, averaging 7.2 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 27th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.2 goals per game.
Goalie Elvis Merzlikins comes into the game having made 21 starts this season. So far, his record is 7-8 and he has a save percentage of 0.9285714285714286%.
Can New Jersey Live Up to the Hype at Home?
The Devils come in with an overall record of 17-13-2. On the road, New Jersey has a 10-5-0 record, whereas they are 7-8-2 at home. This record has them sitting 6th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 10th in the Eastern conference.
When it came to the puck line, New Jersey have posted a 8-24 record. Their road performance against the puck line stands at 7-8, while they are 1-16 at home. This season, New Jersey’s games are averaging 7 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.5. The Devils currently have an over/under record of 20-12-0.
When looking at their past three matchups at home, New Jersey has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
When looking at their offense, the Devils have an average of 3.4 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 10th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 15th in the league. This season, the Devils have a 12-6 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 5-6 record.
New Jersey will be looking for a good game from Tyler Toffoli who leads the team in scoring with 14 goals, ranking 30th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 10 assists so far.
Coming into the game, the Devils’ defense is 13th in takeaways at 7.2 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.2 goals per game which is 27th in the NHL.
Heading into this matchup vs. Columbus, goalie Vitek Vanecek has started 19 games in this season. His current record is 12-6, and his save percentage stands at 0.7551020408163265%.