The Blue Jackets and Canucks are set to face off at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. The Canucks will host the game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 6.5 goals, and the Canucks are favored by -1.5 vs. the Blue Jackets.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS VANCOUVER CANUCKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Vancouver Canucks -1.5

This game will be played at Rogers Arena at 10:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.

WHY BET THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS:

  • With a 1.5-goal advantage on the spread, our projections favor the Canucks to secure a 4-3 victory.
  • Take the Canucks on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Blue Jackets (+1.5)

Can the Blue Jackets Lock in a Win at Vancouver?

Heading into tonight’s game, the Blue Jackets are in 15th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 15-23-9. In the Metropolitan Division, they are in 8th place. On the road, Columbus has gone 6-10-5 this season.

When facing teams from the Western Conference, the Blue Jackets have gone 9-23 this season. Over their last ten games, Columbus has gone just 3-7, and they have gone 2-3 over their last five games.

On the season, the Blue Jackets have an average scoring margin of -0.7 goals per game. They have been the underdog in 43 games, going 27-16 against the puck line in those contests. Columbus has 18 losses by more than one goal compared to just nine wins by multiple goals.

Over their last ten games, the Blue Jackets have gone 5-5 against the puck line, bringing their season mark to 28-19. When playing on the road, Columbus’ puck line record is 15-6, and they are 6-4 vs. the puck line in their last ten road games.

The average goal total for Columbus’ games is sitting at 6.7. The average over/under line for the season is 6.5. The Blue Jackets come in with an over/under record of 24-21-2.

In their last three games away from home, the Blue Jackets have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.

On offense, the Blue Jackets are averaging 3 goals per game which is 24th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 24th in the league. Coming into the game, the Blue Jackets have a 5-6 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 10-16.

Columbus’ current leading scorer is Kirill Marchenko. This season, he has 14 goals, which puts him 90th in the NHL. Marchenko also comes into the game with 10 assists.

Vancouver defense takes on the Blue Jackets ranked 12th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Vancouver. They also are 2nd in shutouts, with 6 shutouts.

Goalie Elvis Merzlikins comes into the game having made 26 starts this season. So far, his record is 8-10 and he has a save percentage of 0.816%.

Do the Canucks Have a Shot at a Home Win?

As the top team in the Western Conference, Vancouver has been favored in 29 of their 48 games, going 20-7-2 in those games. At home, the Canucks have been even better, winning 17 of 23 games. Over their last ten games, Vancouver has gone 8-2, and they have won three straight games as the underdog.

On the year, Vancouver has gone 32-12-5, and they are 18-9 against Western Conference opponents. In the Pacific Division, the Canucks are 9-4, and they have won two of their last three games.

On the season, the Canucks have a puck line record of 32-16, including a mark of 16-7 at home. Vancouver has 23 wins by multiple goals compared to just nine wins by one goal. Over their last ten games at home, the Canucks have gone 7-3 vs. the puck line.

So far, the team’s average scoring margin is +1.2 goals per game, and they have been favored in 29 of their 51 games. When favored, Vancouver’s average scoring margin is +1.4 goals per game, and their puck line record as the favorite is 16-13.

For the season, Vancouver’s games have finished with an average of 6.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.5. Overall, the Canucks have an over/under record of 28-17-3.

Although Columbus has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 1-2. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.

Offensively, the Canucks come into the game at 3.8 goals per contest placing 2nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 27th position in the league. Coming into the game, the Canucks have a 14-5 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 17-6.

The leading scorer for Vancouver’s offense is Brock Boeser. Coming into the game he has 27 goals, ranking 10th in the NHL. Boeser also comes into the game with 21 assists.

Vancouver defense takes on the Blue Jackets ranked 12th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Vancouver. They also are 2nd in shutouts, with 6 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Columbus, goalie Thatcher Demko has started 34 games in this season. His current record is 25-8, and his save percentage stands at 0.971%.