The Columbus Blue Jackets (12-19-8) travel to face off against the Philadelphia Flyers (19-13-5) on Thursday, January 4th. This game will be played at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Both the Blue Jackets and Flyers will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Philadelphia Flyers
The Columbus Blue Jackets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Currently, the Blue Jackets hold an overall record of 12-19-8 for the season. On the road, Columbus has a 4-8-5 record, while they are 8-11-3 at their home venue. They are currently positioned 8th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 15th in the Eastern conference. Columbus’ average scoring margin this season is -0.6 leading to an overall puck line record of 24-15. Their scoring margin at home is -0.5 and -0.7 on the road.
The Blue Jackets are looking to bounce back from a 4-1 loss at home to the Bruins. Offensively, the Blue Jackets did not score in the first or third periods vs. the Bruins but found the net one time in the second period. Against Boston, Columbus’ offense scored their only goal at even strength. They recorded 27 shots on goal overall.
Columbus entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. The game ended below the over/under line of 6.5, with a combined total of 5 goals.
The Philadelphia Flyers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Flyers have put together an overall record of 19-13-5. When playing on the road, Philadelphia has gone 11-6-4, while their home record stands at 8-7-1. This record has them sitting 4th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 7th in the Eastern conference. Philadelphia has 12 wins by more than one goals and dropped eight games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 26-11 this season.
After suffering a 5-2 loss on the road to the Oilers, the Flyers are looking to bounce back today. In terms of offense, the Flyers faced a dry spell in the first and third periods against the Oilers, but they managed to score two times in the second period. In the game, Philadelphia managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 37 shots on goal and committed 7 turnovers.
Philadelphia entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. The combined total of 7 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals for the game.
Columbus Offense Breakdown
The Blue Jackets come into the game scoring an average of 3.1 goals per game, putting them 13th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 15th in the league. This season, the Blue Jackets are 3-4 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 9-14 record.
The Blue Jackets come in with an over/under record of 21-17-1. Over the season, there have been 22 games that have surpassed the 6 over/under line. Their games, on average, are at 6.8 goals per game.
Philadelphia Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Flyers are averaging 2.9 goals per game which is 24th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 5th in the league. So far this year, the Flyers are 11-7 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 6-6 in games with fewer shots on goal.
The Flyers’ over/under record this season is 15-21-1. For the season, they have had 18 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 5.8 goals per game.
Columbus Team Defense
Entering the game, the Blue Jackets’ defense ranks 20th in takeaways, averaging 5.9 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 3rd in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.4 goals per game.
Philadelphia Team Defense
Philadelphia defense takes on the Blue Jackets ranked 25th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 28.8 shots per game against Philadelphia. They alsso are 8th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.
Blue Jackets vs Flyers Trends
- Columbus has a 2-3 record in their last five road games. In this stretch, they averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 4. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 4-1.
- Through their last ten home contests, the Flyers offense has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Philadelphia posted an overall record of 5-5 while going 9-1 ATS.
- Through their last five games as the betting underdog, the Flyers have a strong record vs the puck line going 4-1. Their straight up mark in these contests is 1-4.
- The last three games that Columbus was favored, they have an puck line mark of 1-2 while going 1-2 straight up.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Blue Jackets to defeat the Flyers while playing on the road. Given the current moneyline odds at +158, I’m placing a wager on the Blue Jackets to win outright.
Our projections have the Blue Jackets pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Blue Jackets, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
With an over/under line sitting at 6 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.
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