Don’t miss out on the NHL showdown between the Blue Jackets and Blues. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Blues at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 6.5 goals, with the Blues being the favored by -1.5 goals against the Blue Jackets.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS ST. LOUIS BLUES BETTING PICK
The Pick: St. Louis Blues -1.5
This game will be played at Enterprise Center at 8:00 ET on Tuesday, January 30th.
WHY BET THE ST. LOUIS BLUES:
- Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-3 win for the Blue Jackets.
- We like the Blue Jackets on the moneyline (+144)
- The Blue Jackets are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Can the Blue Jackets Offense Score Enough on the Road?
On the season, the Blue Jackets have struggled, holding a record of 15-24-10 and sitting in 16th place in the Eastern Conference. Against teams from the Eastern Conference, Columbus has gone just 9-23, including a mark of 3-13 against Metropolitan Division opponents. On the road, the Blue Jackets have gone 6-11-6 this season.
Over their last ten games, Columbus has gone just 3-7 and they have lost four of their last five games. As the underdog, the Blue Jackets have gone 14-22-9 this season, including a record of 1-2-1 when favored.
On the season, Columbus has an average scoring margin of -.8 goals per game and has been the underdog in all but four games. So far, the Blue Jackets have gone 29-20 against the puck line, including a road record of 16-7.
Over their last ten games, the Blue Jackets have gone just 5-5 vs. the puck line, and their puck line record as the underdog is 28-17. In their last ten road games, Columbus has gone 7-3 against the puck line.
The average goal total for Columbus’ games is sitting at 6.8. The average over/under line for the season is 6.5. The Blue Jackets come in with an over/under record of 25-21-3.
Columbus has a 1-2 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
In terms of their offensive performance, the Blue Jackets are averaging 3 goals per game this season, putting them in the 21st spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 22nd in the league. The Blue Jackets went 5-7 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 10-16.
Columbus’ leading scorer is Kirill Marchenko. So far, he has 15 goals which is 77th in the NHL. Marchenko also comes into the game with 10 assists.
St. Louis defense takes on the Blue Jackets ranked 10th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 31.8 shots per game against St. Louis. They also are 13th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.
Goalie Elvis Merzlikins gets the start and has made 27 starts this season. His record at this point is 8-10, and his save percentage is 0.816%.
Will the Blues Win at Home?
At home this season, the Blues have gone 15-8-1, and they have won their last two games at home. In the Central Division, St. Louis is fourth with a record of 7-10, and they have won five straight games overall.
So far this year, the Blues have gone 26-20-2, and they are in eighth place in the Western Conference. In the conference, St. Louis is 16-14, and they have won four straight games when they have been the underdog.
St. Louis comes into the game with a puck line record of 28-20 and has gone 7-3 vs. the puck line in their last ten games. They have gone 14-19 vs. the puck line in games decided by multiple goals.
So far this season, the Blues have an average scoring margin of -.2 goals per game. They have gone 16-8 vs. the puck line at home, and their average scoring differential at home is +.2 goals per game.
On average, St. Louis’ games have finished with 6.1 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.3. In total, the Blues come in with an over/under record of 20-23-5.
In their last three road games, Columbus has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.
Offensively, the Blues come into the game at 2.9 goals per contest placing 26th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 25th position in the league. St. Louis’ offense is currently ranked 24th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 2nd in the league.
St. Louis’ leading scorer is Pavel Buchnevich. So far, he has 17 goals which is 59th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 22 assists so far.
Defensively, the Blues come into the season ranked 10th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31.8 shots per game against St. Louis. For the season, they are ranked 13th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Entering the game, goalie Jordan Binnington has started 32 games this season. His current record stands at 17-12, and his save percentage is 0.942%.