Columbus is battling tooth and nail with Montreal for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets are searching for two points and breathing room between themselves and the Habs when they touch down in the City of Champions to take on Connor McDavid and the Oilers.
Blue Jackets vs Oilers Betting Analysis
Things are tighter in the bottom part of the Eastern Conference playoff picture because the Blue Jackets lost 4-2 to the Flames in Calgary on Tuesday night. It was the Jackets’ second straight loss and their four consecutive away defeat.
There are a few reasons to still be optimistic about Columbus’ chances against Edmonton. The Blue Jackets are 6-1 in their last seven games against teams with losing records – which the Oilers definitely qualify as this season.
Edmonton is in third-last place in the Western Conference with just 71 points from 73 games played. The Oilers are 1-3 in their last four games and they are allowing 5.25 goals per game during this stretch.
The Oilers won 4-0 at Columbus at the beginning of the month, but the Blue Jackets are 7-3 straight up in their last 10 games against the Oilers.
Columbus is one of the best under bets in the NHL this season and the under is 7-1 in the club’s last eight games.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets pushed their chips in and went big at the trade deadline. They grabbed two of Ottawa’s best forwards in Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel with the hopes that the duo could boost scoring beyond the top line.
Duchene and Dzingel combined for 102 points in 107 games for Ottawa this season. That means, lumped together, the duo was averaging close to a point per game production for the Sens.
The red light hasn’t been going off as often in Columbus. Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella is a notorious stickler for cracking down on forwards who skirt their defensive responsibilities. That might explain why Duchene and Dzingel are averaging just 0.5 points per game since putting on the Blue Jackets uniform.
Everyone knows the Oilers must address their lack of forward depth this summer. McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are the only attacking players worthy of playing on any team’s top-six forward group.
Edmonton has been held to fewer than 20 shots in each of its last two games and the club has been outshot 78-36 during the same stretch of games. That ain’t good.