Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Vancouver Canucks: NHL Odds, Prediction

Andrew Rogers | Updated Mar 31, 2018

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Cam Atkinson is getting hot at the right time. After struggling for most of the season, he's riding a six-game points streak as the Blue Jackets visit the Canucks.

Columbus
45-30-3-4
AT
March 31, 2018, 4:00 PM ET
Rogers Arena
Vancouver
31-40-6-5
Puckline -1.5 +125
Moneyline -220
Over / Under o +5.5

88%

Betting Action

12%

Puckline +1.5 -145
Moneyline +185
Over / Under u +5.5

88%

Betting Action

12%

A hot stretch has the Columbus Blue Jackets thinking home-ice advantage in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs – but they still have work to do as they visit the Vancouver Canucks in a Saturday matinee.

The Blue Jackets have won 12 of 13 to trail the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins by a single point with four games remaining, and would love to wrap up a perfect trek through Western Canada following routs of Edmonton and Calgary.

Blue Jackets vs. Canucks Betting Analysis

The Blue Jackets are a clear favourite in this one after demolishing the Oilers and the Flames earlier in the week, trouncing Edmonton 7-3 before waltzing to a 5-1 triumph over Calgary. Columbus has reeled off six consecutive road victories overall and are a perfect 7-0 in their past seven games against sub-.500 teams. The Canucks have won just 15 of their previous 53 home games and have dropped 25 of their last 35 contests vs. the Metropolitan Division.

Columbus hasn’t only been an automatic win – it has also been a tremendous over option, having gone above the total in each of its previous eight road games. The Blue Jackets are also 5-1 O/U in their last six games vs. the Pacific Division. Vancouver has converted the under in each of its previous four games, and is 0-5 O/U in its last five following a win. But the Canucks have been a great over play at home, going 18-6 O/U in its past 24 games at Rogers Arena.

The Blue Jackets opened as big favourite in a busy night of NHL matchups.

Columbus Blue Jackets

It took a very long time for the Blue Jackets to find their offensive form, but they’ve done so with emphasis in March; they entered Friday averaging a league-best 3.93 goals per game, more than a goal higher than their current season average (2.83). Columbus will need to keep the offence rolling if it hopes to reverse an ugly trend that has seen the Blue Jackets prevail in just six of their previous 23 head-to-head showdowns with the Canucks.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks have struggled in multiple areas this season – particularly after losing rookie sensation Brook Boeser to a season-ending injury at the beginning of March – but they retain one of the most potent power plays in the NHL. Vancouver entered Friday’s action ranked 10th in the league with a 21.5-percent success rate and have actually been slightly better in March (22.6 percent) despite losing their top goal-scorer in Boeser.

Blue Jackets vs. Canucks Prediction

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