The St. Louis Blues (13-11-1) travel to face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets (8-16-5) on Friday, December 8th. This game will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus and televised on BSOH. Both the Blues and Blue Jackets will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
St. Louis Blues vs Columbus Blue Jackets
The St. Louis Blues Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Facing the Blue Jackets, the Blues have a record of 13-11-1 so far. At home, their record is 7-4-0 and 6-7-1 on the road. In the Western Central division, they are currently 6th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 9th. St. Louis’ average scoring margin this season is -0.3 leading to an overall puck line record of 13-12. Their scoring margin at home is +.2 and -0.6 on the road.
The Blues aim to bounce back following their 6-3 loss at home to the Golden Knights. In the first period, the Blues found success on offense with three times, but that was the end of their scoring for the game. In the game, St. Louis managed to score all three goals at even strength. They concluded with 29 shots on goal and committed 12 turnovers.
Entering the game as the underdog, St. Louis not only suffered a straight-up loss but also failed to cover the puck line. The combined total of 9 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
For the season, the Blue Jackets currently hold an overall record of 8-16-5. On the road, Columbus has gone 2-8-3 and they are 6-7-2 at home. At the moment, they hold the 8th spot in the Eastern Metropolitan division and are ranked 15th in the Eastern conference. This season, Columbus’ average scoring margin is -0.7, which has their puck line record at 17-11. Their average home scoring margin is -0.2, and in road games, it stands at -1.2.
After suffering a 7-3 loss on the road to the Islanders, the Blue Jackets are looking to bounce back today. In the first period, the Blue Jackets struggled to find the net on offense, but they turned things around with two times in the second period and one goal in the third. All three goals came at even strength. They finished with 35 shots on goal and had 11 turnovers.
Coming in as the underdog, Columbus not only lost straight-up but also failed to cover the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 10 goals.
St. Louis 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. The St. Louis offense is ranked 31st in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 4th in the NHL.
This season, the Blues’ have an over/under record of 8-15-2. Throughout the season, they have played 17 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.
Columbus Offense Breakdown
The Blue Jackets come into the game scoring an average of 2.9 goals per game, putting them 15th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 6th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Blue Jackets offense is 26th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 32nd in the NHL.
So far, the Blue Jackets have an over/under record of 15-13-0. Coming into the game, they have played 15 games that went beyond the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.4 goals per game.
St. Louis Team Defense
The Blues defense is currently 6th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 33 shots per game against St. Louis. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 13th with 2 shutouts.
Columbus Team Defense
Entering the game, the Blue Jackets’ defense ranks 9th in takeaways, averaging 6.4 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 2nd in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.2 goals per game.
Blues vs Blue Jackets Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Blues have a straight up record of 5-5 while going 5-5 vs. the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.
- Across their three previous home games, Columbus has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 0-3 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Going back to their last three games as the underdog, the Blue Jackets have a straight up record of 0-3. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 1-2.
- As the betting favorite, the Blues have an puck line record of 2-1 in their last three games. In these matchups, their straight up record was 2-1.
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Blue Jackets to pick up on a win over the Blues at home. With the moneyline sitting at +101, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Blue Jackets straight-up.
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.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6.5 goals, we believe that this game will remain below that figure, and we recommend wagering on the under.
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