The Columbus Blue Jackets (15-24-10) travel to face off against the St. Louis Blues (26-20-2) on Tuesday, January 30th. This game will be played at Enterprise Center in St. Louis and televised on ESPN+. The Blues are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Blue Jackets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Kraken. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
Blue Jackets vs Blues
The Columbus Blue Jackets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Heading into tonight’s game, the Blue Jackets are 15-24-10 and sit in 16th place in the Eastern Conference. In their division, Columbus is in 8th place with a record of 3-13. On the road, the Blue Jackets are 6-11-6 this season.
Over their last ten games, Columbus has gone just 3-7, and they have lost four of their last five games. As the underdog, the Blue Jackets have gone 14-22-9 this season.
On the road this season, the Blue Jackets have gone 16-7 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin is -.8 goals per game. So far, Columbus has been the underdog in 45 games, and their puck line record as the underdog is 28-17. Overall, the team’s puck line record is 29-20, and in their last 10 road games, they have gone 7-3 vs. the puck line.
Across their last three games, the Blue Jackets have gone 2-1 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin as the underdog is -.8 goals per contest. They have 19 losses by multiple goals compared to 15 losses by just one goal. In their last 10 games, the team’s puck line record is 5-5.
After suffering a 4-2 loss on the road to the Kraken, the Blue Jackets are looking to bounce back today. Offensively, the Blue Jackets couldn’t find the net in the first two periods, but they made a comeback with two goals in the third period. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 32 shots on goal and had 3 turnovers.
Columbus entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. The game concluded with 6 goals, resulting in a push on the over/under.
The St. Louis Blues Are Coming Off A Win
At home, the St. Louis Blues have been solid this season, going 15-8-1. Against the Central Division, they have struggled, going 7-10. Overall, they have won five straight games and are 26-20-2 on the year. In the Western Conference, they are in 8th place.
As the favorite, St. Louis has gone 6-7-0 this season and 13-13-1 in the role. Over their last ten games, they are 6-4. In the last three games, they have won all three.
St. Louis comes into the game with a puck line record of 28-20 this season, including going 7-3 in their last 10 games. So far, the Blues have had 14 wins by multiple goals and 12 wins by just one goal.
Across their 35 games as an underdog, St. Louis has a puck line record of 23-12, including winning their last four games in that situation. The team’s average scoring differential for the year is at -.2 goals per game.
In their recent matchup, the Blues hosted the Kings and came away with a 4-3 victory. Looking at the Blues offense vs. the Kings, they managed to score one goal in the opening period and two times in the second period. Out of St. Louis’ four goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 32 shots on goal and had four giveaways.
St. Louis was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. With a combined total of 7 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6 goals set for the game.
Columbus Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Blue Jackets are averaging 3 goals per game which is 21st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 22nd in the league. Columbus’ offense is currently ranked 27th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 30th in the league.
So far, the Blue Jackets have an over/under record of 25-21-3. Coming into the game, they have played 27 games that went beyond the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.8 goals per game.
Blues Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Blues come into the game at 2.9 goals per contest placing 26th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 25th position in the league. St. Louis’ offense is currently ranked 24th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 2nd in the league.
The Blues come in with an over/under record of 20-23-5. Over the course of the season, they have had 28 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6.1 per game.
Columbus Team Defense
The Blue Jackets’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 26th in takeaways and an average of 6 takeaways per contest. They hold 4th place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.5 goals given up per game.
St. Louis Team Defense
The Blues defense is currently 10th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31.8 shots per game against St. Louis. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 13th with 3 shutouts.
Blue Jackets vs Blues Trends
- When looking at their past three road matchups, Columbus has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
- St. Louis has played well in their previous five home games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 4-1.
- Through their last five games as the underdog, the Blues have an puck line record of 4-1 and a straight up mark of 4-1.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting favorite, the Blue Jackets have gone 1-4 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-4.
For those seeking a straight moneyline bet, the Blues are the top choice. Nonetheless, with a payout of -177, you might want to use this bet as a part of a parlay to get better odds.
When it comes to my suggested pick for the puck line, I’d advise taking the Blue Jackets to cover. Even in the event of a Blues victory, this matchup is likely to remain closely contested, and the Blue Jackets should cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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