Slumping Blue Jackets’ Dismal Road Trip Ends in Vancouver

Charlie Grant | Sun. Mar 24 2019, 10:03 am

Columbus is slipping at the wrong time of the season, and is now chasing the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference rather than holding onto it.

March 24, 2019, 10:00 PM ET | Rogers Arena

Columbus

47-31-3-1

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  • -1.5 +130
  • -171
  • o +6

Vancouver

35-36-5-6

  • +1.5 -155
  • +142
  • u +6
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The Vancouver Canucks can aid the Montreal Canadiens by putting more distance in the standings between their Canadian cousins and Columbus.

Blue Jackets vs Canucks: NHL Betting Analysis

The Blue Jackets lost for third straight time with all setbacks coming on the road. Columbus hasn’t played since Thursday night in Edmonton where the Oilers won 4-1. Five of the Blue Jackets’ remaining eight games are away from Columbus.

The club is 0-5 straight up in its last five away games – which runs opposite of the season-long trend. For most of the season, the Blue Jackets were a much better bet on the road than at home. Despite the five-game losing streak away from Nationwide Arena, Columbus is still up more than three units ($316) on the road this season.

Total bettors have found joy in Columbus’ misery. The Under is 4-0 in the Blue Jackets’ last four games and 8-1 in their last nine.

Vancouver is coming off a 3-1 home loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday night, but is still 3-1 SU in its last four games. The Canucks are six points back of the final wild card spot with just seven games remaining on their second.

The club is at a rest disadvantage having played just last night. The Canucks are 4-13 straight up in their last 17 games playing on zero days’ rest.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus’ problem boils down to a simple inability to put the puck in the net. The Blue Jackets are averaging just 0.8 goals per game in their last five losses and 4.6 per game in their last three wins.

The squad was forced to play backup netminder Joonas Korpisalo against Edmonton because of an upper-body injury to starter Sergei Bobrovsky. The two-time Vezina winner was enjoying one of his best stretches of the season before the injury. He’s 4-2 with a .946 save percentage and a 1.66 goals against average in his last six starts.

Bobrovsky practiced on Saturday and is listed as questionable to play on Sunday against the Canucks.

Vancouver Canucks

Elias Pettersson is going to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie, but he isn’t the only good story in Vancouver this season. Second-year forward Brock Boeser is on a nine-game point streak and he’s collected a point in 13 of his last 16 games.

The Canucks have some work to do to rebuild their roster, but they appear to have to blue-chip pieces moving forward in Pettersson and Boeser.

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