Looking to win big? The Canucks and Blue Jackets face off at 1:00 ET on ESPN+. The Blue Jackets are hosting the game at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH. The Canucks come into this non-conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 6.5 goals.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS VS COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets +1.5

This game will be played at Nationwide Arena at 1:00 ET on Monday, January 15th.

WHY BET THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Blue Jackets to come out on top with a final score of 4-2.
  • We like the Blue Jackets on the moneyline (+174)
  • The Blue Jackets are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Is a Road Win Possible for the Canucks?

With a record of 29-11-3, Vancouver sits atop the Western Conference standings and leads the Pacific Division. The Canucks have won five straight games and have gone 5-0 in their last five contests. On the road, Vancouver has won five straight games and has a record of 15-7-2.

When playing against other Western Conference teams, the Canucks have gone 16-8 this season. As the favorite, Vancouver has gone 17-7-0 and has won two straight games when favored.

On the road this season, the Canucks have a puck line record of 16-8 and an average scoring margin of +.9 goals per game. In their last ten road games, Vancouver’s puck line record is 7-3.

So far this season, the Canucks have 21 wins by multiple goals compared to just 8 wins by one goal. As the favorite, Vancouver has a puck line record of 14-10.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Vancouver is 6.4. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.5. The Canucks come in with an over/under record of 26-15-2.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Vancouver has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 3-0 overall in these games.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Canucks are averaging 3.8 goals per game this season, putting them in the 1st spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 26th in the league. Looking at how the Canucks’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 10th in power play goals and 16th in shorthanded goals.

Vancouver’s leading scorer is Brock Boeser. So far, he has 27 goals which is 5th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Boeser has 19 assists this season.

Coming into the game, the Blue Jackets’ defense is 26th in takeaways at 5.8 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.5 goals per game which is 3rd in the NHL.

Entering the game, goalie Thatcher Demko has started 31 games this season. His current record stands at 22-8, and his save percentage is 0.981%.

Can the Blue Jackets Pull Out the Win as Home Underdogs?

With a record of 13-21-9, the Blue Jackets are in 15th place in the Eastern Conference and 8th in the Metropolitan Division. Over their last ten games, Columbus has gone just 2-8 and has lost two straight games as the underdog. At home this season, the Blue Jackets are 8-12-4.

Over the course of the season, Columbus has been the underdog in 39 of their 43 games and has gone 12-19-8 in those games. Against other teams from the Eastern Conference, the Blue Jackets have gone just 9-22.

When playing at home this season, the Blue Jackets have gone 12-12 against the puck line, and their overall puck line record is 26-17. So far, they have lost 16 games by more than one goal and have 8 wins by multiple goals.

As the underdog, Columbus has a puck line record of 25-14, and their average scoring margin on the year is -.7 goals per game. In their last ten games at home, the Blue Jackets have gone 5-5 against the puck line.

This season, Columbus’ games are averaging 6.8 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.4. The Blue Jackets currently have an over/under record of 23-19-1.

The Canucks are 2-1 puck line in their three last road games and 3-0 straight-up.

The Blue Jackets come into the game scoring an average of 3 goals per game, putting them 17th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 20th in the league. The Columbus offense is ranked 27th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 32nd in the NHL.

The leading scorer for Columbus’ offense is Kirill Marchenko. Coming into the game he has 14 goals, ranking 68th in the NHL. Marchenko also comes into the game with 10 assists.

Coming into the game, the Blue Jackets’ defense is 26th in takeaways at 5.8 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.5 goals per game which is 3rd in the NHL.

Heading into this matchup vs. Vancouver, goalie Elvis Merzlikins has started 23 games in this season. His current record is 7-8, and his save percentage stands at 0.835%.