The Vancouver Canucks (29-11-3) travel to face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets (13-21-9) on Monday, January 15th. This game will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus and televised on ESPN+. The Canucks 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 1:00 ET.
Vancouver Canucks vs Columbus Blue Jackets
The Vancouver Canucks Are Coming Off A Win
With a record of 29-11-3, the Vancouver Canucks sit atop the Western Conference standings. They have won five straight games and have gone 5-0 in their last five games. In their last ten games, Vancouver has gone 7-3, and they have gone 16-8 against other Western Conference teams.
On the road this season, the Canucks have gone 15-7-2 and have won five straight games away from home. As the favorite, Vancouver has gone 17-7-0 this season.
On the season, the Canucks’ puck line record is 30-13, including going 7-3 vs. the puck line in their last 10 games. In their 21 wins by multiple goals, Vancouver has gone 14-10 vs. the puck line as the favorite.
Over their last 10 road games, the Canucks have gone 7-3 vs. the puck line and are 16-8 vs. the puck line on the road this season. So far, Vancouver’s average scoring differential on the road is +.9 goals per game.
In their most recent matchup, the Canucks played against the Sabres and won with a score of 1-0. The Canucks offense struggled in the first and third periods versus the Sabres, but they did score one time in the second period. Against Buffalo, Vancouver’s offense scored their only goal at even strength. They recorded 23 shots on goal overall.
Although Vancouver secured a straight-up win, they did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The game ended below the over/under line of 6.5, with a combined total of 1 goal.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
With just 35 points on the season, the Blue Jackets come into tonight’s game in 15th place in the Eastern Conference and 8th in the Metropolitan Division. Over their last ten games, Columbus has gone just 2-8, and they have dropped two straight games. At home this year, the Blue Jackets have gone just 8-12-4.
As the underdog, Columbus has gone 12-19-8 on the year and have lost two straight games when not favored. Over their last five games, the Blue Jackets have just one win, and they have dropped their last three games.
As the underdog, Columbus has a puck line record of 25-14 this year, including going 6-4 in their last ten games. Overall, the Blue Jackets have 16 losses by multiple goals and 14 losses by just one goal.
So far this season, the Blue Jackets’ average scoring margin is -.7 goals per game, and their average scoring margin at home is also -.7 goals per game. In their last ten home games, Columbus has gone 5-5 against the puck line.
Coming off a 7-4 loss at home to the Kraken, the Blue Jackets are hoping to bounce back today. Against the Kraken, the Blue Jackets’ offense scored in all three periods. Columbus’ one power-play goals contributed to their total of 4 goals. Their offensive performance came with 34 shots on goal and three giveaways.
Columbus entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 6 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 11 goals.
Vancouver Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Canucks come into the game at 3.8 goals per contest placing 1st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 26th position in the league. In terms of the Canucks’ offense during power plays, they are 10th in power play goals and 16th in shorthanded goals.
So far, the Canucks have an over/under record of 26-15-2. Coming into the game, they have played 28 games that went beyond the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.4 goals per game.
Columbus Offense Breakdown
The Blue Jackets come into the game scoring an average of 3 goals per game, putting them 17th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 20th in the league. Looking at how the Blue Jackets’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 27th in power play goals and 32nd in shorthanded goals.
The Blue Jackets’ over/under record this season is 23-19-1. For the season, they have had 24 games that surpassed this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging6.8 goals per game.
Vancouver Team Defense
The Canucks defense is currently 9th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30 shots per game against Vancouver. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 3rd with 5 shutouts.
Columbus Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Blue Jackets’ defense is 26th in takeaways at 5.8 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.5 goals per game which is 3rd in the NHL.
Canucks vs Blue Jackets Trends
- When looking at their past three road matchups, Vancouver has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 3-0 overall in these games.
- In their last ten games at home, the Blue Jackets have a straight up record of 2-8 while going 5-5 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Blue Jackets have a straight up record of 2-8 and an puck line mark of 6-4.
- Although the Canucks have a strong straight up record in their last five games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the puck line going 2-3.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Blue Jackets to secure a victory over the Canucks at home. With the moneyline currently set at +174, I’m locking in my bet on the Blue Jackets straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Blue Jackets winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Blue Jackets straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to 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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