The Kraken and Blue Jackets are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Blue Jackets will host the game at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH. In this non-conference matchup, the Kraken are the betting favorite against Blue Jackets. The over/under for the game is 6 goals.

SEATTLE KRAKEN VS COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets +1.5

This game will be played at Nationwide Arena at 7:00 ET on Saturday, January 13th.

WHY BET THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:

  • Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-2 win for the Blue Jackets.
  • We like the Blue Jackets on the moneyline (+133)
  • The Blue Jackets are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Can the Kraken Grab a Win on the Road?

After starting the season 10-14-9, the Kraken have rattled off eight straight wins to move into 9th place in the Western Conference with 45 points. In the Pacific Division, Seattle is in 5th place with a record of 6-7.

On the road this year, the Kraken are 9-6-6 and have won five straight games as the favorite. Overall, Seattle has been favored in 13 of their 41 games and have gone 8-3-2 in those contests.

Seattle comes into the game with a puck line record of 24-17 and has gone 8-2 against the puck line in their last ten games. The Kraken have gone 14-7 against the puck line on the road this season and have a puck line mark of 19-9 when listed as the underdog.

So far this season, Seattle has 9 wins by multiple goals and has gone 4-1 against the puck line in their last five games. The team’s average scoring margin for the year is -.1 goals per game.

The average goal total for Seattle’s games is sitting at 5.7. The average over/under line for the season is 6.1. The Kraken come in with an over/under record of 17-21-3.

In their last three road games, Seattle has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 1. The team’s record in this stretch was 3-0 while going 3-0 vs. the spread.

On the offensive side, the Kraken are scoring an 2.8 goals per game this season, ranking 26th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 24th in the league. The Seattle offense is ranked 20th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 23rd in the NHL.

Seattle’s leading goal scorer is Jared McCann. So far this season, he has 14 goals, placing him 73rd in the NHL. McCann also comes into the game with 9 assists.

Entering the game, the Blue Jackets’ defense ranks 25th in takeaways, averaging 5.9 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 3rd in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.4 goals per game.

Heading into this matchup vs. Columbus, goalie Joey Daccord has started 23 games in this season. His current record is 12-5, and his save percentage stands at 0.903%.

Can Columbus Pull Off a Home Win?

As the 15th-ranked team in the Eastern Conference, the Blue Jackets have struggled this season with a record of 13-20-9. At home, Columbus is just 8-11-4 and has lost four of their last five games. Over their last ten games, the Blue Jackets are 3-7.

Against other Eastern Conference teams, Columbus is 9-22 this season and 3-12 in the Metropolitan Division. As the underdog, the Blue Jackets have gone 12-18-8 this season and have lost two of their last three games.

As the underdog, the Blue Jackets have a puck line record of 25-13 this season, and their overall puck line record is at 26-16. They have gone 7-3 against the puck line in their last ten games and 3-2 against the puck line in their last five games. Columbus has dropped 15 games by multiple goals and 14 games by one goal.

So far, the Blue Jackets have an average scoring margin of -.7 goals per game, and their average scoring margin at home is at -.6 goals per game. In their last ten home games, the Blue Jackets have gone 6-4 against the puck line, and their home puck line record for the season is at 12-11.

This season, Columbus’ games have an average of 6.7 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.5. The Blue Jackets come in with an over/under performance of 22-19-1.

The Kraken are 3-0 puck line in their three last road games and 3-0 straight-up.

Offensively, the Blue Jackets come into the game at 3 goals per contest placing 20th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 19th position in the league. Coming into the game, the Blue Jackets have a 3-5 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 10-14.

Columbus’ leading goal scorer is Kirill Marchenko. So far this season, he has 13 goals, placing him 78th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Marchenko has 9 assists this season.

Coming into the game, the Blue Jackets’ defense is 25th in takeaways at 5.9 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.4 goals per game which is 3rd in the NHL.

Heading into this matchup vs. Seattle, goalie Daniil Tarasov has started seven games in this season. His current record is 2-3, and his save percentage stands at 0.369%.