Nationwide Arena will be the site for an enticing matchup as the Winnipeg Jets visit Ohio to meet the Columbus Blue Jackets. It’s the final time that these two clubs will go at it in the regular season. This East-West matchup will get going at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 22 and it can be watched live on Sportsnet.
Winnipeg Jets at Columbus Blue Jackets Odds
Columbus (-160) is being picked as the narrow favorite over Winnipeg (+140), and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -105 money on the over and -115 for the under.
Netting moneyline bettors 5.1 units, the Blue Jackets are 26-24 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage is a slide from what the team managed during last year’s regular season (47-35). Through 50 regular season matches, 32 of its games have gone under the total, while 17 have gone over and just one has pushed. The team’s 15-11 SU at home this season.
Columbus has converted on just 17.1 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s ranked 24th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 10th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.4 percent of all penalties.
As a team, Columbus has been penalized just 3.2 times per game overall this season, and 2.3 per game over its past ten games. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 5.7 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, overall.
With a .913 save percentage and 25.7 saves per game, Joonas Korpisalo (17 wins, 15 losses, and five OT losses) has been the most dependable goalkeeper for the Blue Jackets this season. If head coach John Tortorella decides to give him a rest, however, the Jackets may roll with Elvis Merzlikins (8-12-12 record, .928 save percentage, 2.36 goals against average).
The Jackets will continue relying on leadership out of Pierre-Luc Dubois and Gustav Nyquist. Dubois (35 points) has put up 15 goals and 20 assists and has recorded multiple points in seven different games this year. Nyquist has 10 goals and 21 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 23 contests.
On the other bench, Winnipeg is 25-25 straight up (SU) and has earned 3.3 units for moneyline bettors this season. A total of 25 of its outings have gone under the total, while 23 have gone over and just one has pushed. Winnipeg’s 14-12 SU as the visiting team this season.
Winnipeg has converted on 19.6 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 28th overall and it’s successfully killed off 75.0 percent of all penalties.
Winnipeg’s skaters have been penalized only 3.1 times per game this season, and 4.2 per game over their last five road outings. The team has had to kill penalties just 7.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Connor Hellebuyck (2.74 goals against average and .917 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Winnipeg. Hellebuyck is averaging 28.0 saves per game and owns a 22-20-4 record.
Mark Scheifele (23 goals, 31 assists) will lead the attack for the visiting Jets.
Winnipeg Jets at Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Predictions
Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Over
Five of Columbus’ last five games has gone under the total.
The Jets are 12-14 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 17-22 in games where they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, total.
Columbus is 0-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Winnipeg is 3-1 in shootouts.
Columbus is ranked 24th in the NHL this season with 6.7 takeaways per game. That figure’s trended upward recently, as the team has created 7.7 takeaways over its last 10 games and 9.6 takeaways over its last five.
Winnipeg has averaged 3.0 goals per game as a team this season, but is averaging 1.3 goals per contest over its three-game losing streak.
Winnipeg skaters have managed 7.2 takeaways per game over its last five road games, its season average of 6.8 takeaways per game (ranked 23rd overall).