Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction, NHL Odds

Jeremy Perry | Sun. Mar 01 2020, 07:03 am

Travis Green, Canucks, 2020

The Canucks are playing their second game in as many nights when they battle the Blue Jackets Sunday evening. Vancouver has lost two straight entering this contest.

Vancouver
36-27-3-3
AT
March 01, 2020, 7:00 PM ET
Nationwide Arena
Columbus
33-22-11-4
Puckline +1.5 -210
Moneyline +110
Over / Under o +5.5

70%

Betting Action

30%

Puckline -1.5 +175
Moneyline -132
Over / Under u +5.5

70%

Betting Action

30%

The Vancouver Canucks will have a tight turnaround from Saturday to Sunday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets to wind down the weekend. The Canucks lost in Toronto on Saturday night and now have to hop on a plane and get to Columbus for Sunday’s affair. The good news for Vancouver is that the Blue Jackets have been an unmitigated disaster over the last month, so this should be a much easier matchup for them than, say, a month ago. We’ll see if Vancouver can capitalize or if the Blue Jackets can snap out of their funk.

Canucks vs. Blue Jackets Betting Analysis

The Canucks are now 34-30 on the season but they essentially have a winning record against teams with a losing record (18-15) but are just 16-15 otherwise. They’re just 3-5 on Sundays this season. They do play well in this series as they’ve won three of the last four meetings, including two straight in Columbus.

The Blue Jackets are 31-35 on the year but are just 8-16 against the Western Conference. Betting them in those games has cost bettors 9.3 units. They’re just 5-12 after allowing four goals or more and 3-9 after a loss by two or more.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks have fallen on hard times as they’ll enter Sunday’s game having lost two in a row and eight of 12. That’s given their opponents a big opportunity to close the gap on them. The Canucks were comfortably in the playoffs before this slump; while they’re still in the No. 2 spot in the Pacific Division, they’re actually just two points away from missing the playoffs entirely. That’s how tight the Western Conference playoff race is.

A big issue for the Canucks right now is that starting goaltender Jacob Markstrom is out with a lower-body injury. That’s opened the door for Thatcher Demko to get starters and he’s been lousy. He has a shaky .903 save percentage on the season but has been under that mark in his last two games. It’s unclear if he’ll be in net again on Sunday. If so, that would make it starts in back-to-back nights for him and his third start in four days.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Considering how bad the Blue Jackets have been over the last month, it’s hard to believe that the Blue Jackets are still in the Eastern Conference playoff race. This is a team that’s lost three in a row and 10 of their last 11 games. If you’re wondering how it’s possible for them to be that bad and still be clinging to the final playoff spot in the East, the math is simple: five of those 10 losses have come in the extra frame. They’re at least picking up points here and there.

What’s shocking is that this team had been on fire before this ugly stretch. They had actually won 11 of their previous 13 games before that and then all of the sudden completely hit the skids. It’s been a drop in performance at both ends of the ice as the Blue Jackets scored 3.00 goals per game and allowed a league-best 1.64 in January. In February, they’re scoring just 2.13 – the second-worst mark – and are allowing 2.93. They’ve gone from winning their games by an average of 1.36 goals per game to losing them by 0.8. That 2.16 goals-per-game change tells the whole story.

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