Blue Jackets vs Los Angeles Kings NHL Betting Prediction

NHL Blue Jackets vs Los Angeles Kings Prediction 2/20/2024

The Columbus Blue Jackets (17-26-10) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Kings (27-16-10) on Tuesday, February 20th. This game will be played at Arena in Los Angeles and televised on ESPN+. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 10:30 ET.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Are Coming Off A Win

With a record of 17-26-10, the Blue Jackets are 16th in the Eastern Conference and 8th in the Metropolitan Division. In the Eastern Conference, they have a record of 9-25, and in the division, they are 3-13.

On the road this season, Columbus has gone 8-12-6 and have lost two straight games as the underdog. Over their last ten games, the Blue Jackets have gone 4-6, and they are 2-3 in their last five games.

On the road, the Blue Jackets have gone just 5-5 against the puck line in their last ten games. For the season, Columbus has gone 17-9 vs. the puck line on the road, and their average scoring margin as the underdog is at -0.8 goals per game.

So far, the Blue Jackets have gone 29-19 against the puck line as the underdog, and they have dropped three straight games vs. the puck line. This year, the team’s average scoring differential is at -0.8 goals per game.

The Blue Jackets most recently took on the Sharks and secured a win with a score of 4-3. In every single period, the Blue Jackets’ offense scored a goal against the Sharks. In the game, Columbus managed to score all four goals at even strength. They concluded with 41 shots on goal and committed 6 turnovers.

Although Columbus secured a straight-up win, they did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals, with a combined total of 7 goals.

The Los Angeles Kings Are Coming Off A Win

At 27-16-10, the Kings are currently 7th in the Western Conference and 4th in the Pacific Division. Over their last ten games, Los Angeles has gone 5-5, and they have won three straight games. In games where they have been favored, the Kings have gone 17-12-7, and they have gone 9-9-6 at home this season.

So far this year, the Kings have gone 15-11 against Western Conference opponents and 7-5 against teams in the Pacific Division. When playing at home, Los Angeles has gone 9-9-6, and they have gone 4-1 over their last five games.

Los Angeles comes in with a puck line record of 25-28, including going 3-0 vs. the puck line in their last three games. So far, the Kings have won 18 games by multiple goals and have an average scoring margin of +.4 goals per game.

At home, the Kings have gone just 9-15 vs. the puck line and are 12-24 vs. the puck line when favored. In their last ten home games, the Kings have gone just 3-7 vs. the puck line.

In their most recent matchup, the Kings played against the Penguins and won with a score of 2-1. During the initial two periods, the Kings struggled offensively and remained without a goal, but they finally broke through with two goals in the third period. The Los Angeles offense recorded 33 shots on goal and successfully netted one time while short-handed during the game.

Entering the game as the underdog, Los Angeles came away with a victory against the puck line. With a combined total of 3 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.

Columbus Offense Breakdown

When looking at their offense, the Blue Jackets have an average of 2.9 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 25th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 25th in the league. Columbus’ offense is currently ranked 32nd in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 30th in the league.

The Blue Jackets’ over/under record this season is 27-23-3. For the season, they have had 29 games that surpassed this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging6.7 goals per game.

Kings Offense Breakdown

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Offensively, the Kings come into the game at 3.1 goals per contest placing 18th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 6th position in the league. The Kings went 18-13 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 7-2.

This season, the Kings’ have an over/under record of 21-30-2. Throughout the season, they have played 33 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.8 goals per game.

Columbus Team Defense

Defensively, the Blue Jackets are currently 10th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 33 shots per game against Columbus. They also are 29th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Los Angeles Team Defense

Defensively, the Kings come into the season ranked 30th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 28.2 shots per game against Los Angeles. For the season, they are ranked 6th in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.

Blue Jackets vs Kings Trends

  • In their last three games away from home, the Blue Jackets have a straight up record of 2-1 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.
  • Through their last three home games, Los Angeles has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 1-2 while averaging 3 goals per game.
  • As the betting underdog, the Kings have an puck line record of 3-0 in their last three games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 3-0.
  • The last ten games that Columbus was favored, they have an puck line mark of 3-7 while going 4-6 straight up.

Blue Jackets vs Kings Prediction

If you’re looking for a straight moneyline bet, then the Kings are the way to go. However, with a payout of -254, you might consider using this bet as a leg of a parlay.

If you’re looking for a puck line bet, I’d suggest going with the Blue Jackets to cover. Even in the event of a Kings victory, this game is expected to be closely fought, and the Blue Jackets should cover the puck line.

If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.

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