The New Jersey Devils (22-17-3) travel to face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets (14-21-9) on Friday, January 19th. This game will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus and televised on ESPN+. The Blue Jackets are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Devils are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Canadiens. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Devils vs Blue Jackets
The New Jersey Devils Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Heading into tonight’s game, the Devils are 12th in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the Metropolitan Division with an overall record of 22-17-3. In the Eastern Conference, New Jersey has gone 15-11, and they have gone 7-5 against divisional opponents.
On the road this season, the Devils are 13-7-1, and they have been favored in 32 of their 42 games. Over their last ten games, New Jersey has gone 5-5, and they have dropped two straight games. In their last five games, the Devils have gone just 1-4.
On the road this season, the Devils have gone 11-10 against the puck line and 6-4 in their last ten games. Overall, their puck line record sits at 13-29, and they have gone 9-23 against the puck line when favored.
So far, New Jersey has 11 wins by multiple goals and 11 wins by just one goal. In their last ten games, their average scoring margin sits at -.1 goals per game.
The Devils are looking to bounce back from a 3-2 loss at home to the Canadiens. Offensively, the Devils couldn’t find the net in the first two periods, but they made a comeback with two goals in the third period. The team’s two goals were the result of a power play. Throughout the game, they managed to register 30 shots on goal and committed 2 giveaways.
New Jersey went into the game favored by -1.5, giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The game ended below the over/under line of 6.5, with a combined total of 5 goals.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Blue Jackets have gone 9-12-4, and overall, they have a record of 14-21-9. In the Eastern Conference, Columbus is in 15th place and 8th in the Metropolitan Division.
Over their last ten games, the Blue Jackets have gone 3-7, and they have gone 2-3 in their last five games. As the underdog, Columbus has gone 13-19-8 this season.
As the underdog, the Blue Jackets have gone 26-14 against the puck line this season, and they have 16 losses by more than one goal. So far, their average scoring margin sits at -0.7 goals per game.
At home, Columbus has gone 13-12 against the puck line, and they have an average scoring margin of -0.6 goals per game. Overall, their puck line record is 27-17.
In their previous game, the Blue Jackets hosted the Canucks and game away with a 4-3 win. In every single period, the Blue Jackets’ offense scored a goal against the Canucks. Of Columbus’ four goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 44 shots on goal and had three giveaways.
Going into the game, Columbus was the underdog, giving them a win vs. the puck line. The game ended with 7 goals, resulting in a push on the over/under line.
New Jersey Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Devils are averaging 3.4 goals per game this season, putting them in the 10th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 21st in the league. In terms of the Devils’ offense during power plays, they are 7th in power play goals and 28th in shorthanded goals.
This season, the over/under record for the Devils’ is 25-16-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 26 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6.5. On average, their games are averaging 6.9 goals per game.
Blue Jackets Offense Breakdown
The Blue Jackets come into the game scoring an average of 3 goals per game, putting them 20th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 22nd in the league. Columbus’ offense comes into the game ranked 28th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 32nd in the NHL.
So far, the Blue Jackets have an over/under record of 23-19-2. Coming into the game, they have played 25 games that went beyond the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.8 goals per game.
New Jersey Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Devils’ defense is 21st in takeaways at 6.6 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.2 goals per game which is 28th in the NHL.
Columbus Team Defense
Entering the game, the Blue Jackets’ defense ranks 28th in takeaways, averaging 5.8 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 4th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.5 goals per game.
Devils vs Blue Jackets Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Devils have a straight up record of 6-4 while going 6-4 vs. the spread. The team averaged 3 goals per game in this stretch.
- Columbus has a 2-3 record in their last five home games. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 4. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-2.
- Spanning across their last three games as the betting underdog, the Blue Jackets have gone 1-2 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-2.
- The last ten games that New Jersey was favored, they have an puck line mark of 4-6 while going 6-4 straight up.
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Devils to pick up on a win over the Blue Jackets and the road. With the moneyline sitting at -159, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Devils straight-up.
For my recommended choice in the puck line, I’m leaning towards the Blue Jackets to cover. Even if the Devils secure a straight-up win, this game is expected to be tightly contested, and the Blue Jackets should cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6.5 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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