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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers
NHL: Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 9:00 PM EST
After winning two in a row the Blue Jackets have lost their last two games where they only scored three goals. To say the team has had balance on the season would be an understatement ranking tied for 12th in the league in both goals per game and goals against. Columbus is hanging on in the playoff race in the 8th spot only one point up on Montreal.
The Oilers have lost three of their last four games including their last two. They have given up 13 goals in their last two games and in the three losses in their last four games gave up 19 goals. On the season Edmonton only ranks 26th in the league in goals against and they offense is a tad better ranking 20th in goals scored. The playoffs do not look good for the Oilers, as with nine games left they are seven points out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Blue Jackets are 7-3 in their last 10 games facing the Oilers.
Not much of an attack, again
In their last game, the Blue Jackets were on the road losing to the Calgary Flames 4-2 where their offense struggled for a 2nd straight game. They had two more shots in the game and one of their goals came on the power play. Oliver Bjorkstrand tickled the twine in the loss and Zach Werenski had a goal and an assist in the losing effort. Sergei Bobrovsky (31-23-1 2.72 GAA) took the loss stopping 27 of 30 shots and while he has given up at least three goals in two of his last three starts he had a shutout win making 46 saves in the game before the loss to the Flames.
Torts comments on tonight's loss in Calgary: pic.twitter.com/xlAbN91kJL
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) March 20, 2019
Artemi Panarin leads Columbus in both points and assists and he has three assists in his last five games. Cam Atkinson leads the club in goals, but in his last five games he has not scored a goal and only has one assist. On the season, the Blue Jackets are 20-13-2 on the road.
Not a bad first period, at least
The Oilers were on the road in their last game losing to the St. Louis Blues where they only gave up one goal in the first period, but then gave up three in each of the next two periods. They were peppered in the game being outshot 44-17 and they gave up two goals on the six power play chances they gave St. Louis. Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each scored a goal for Edmonton in the bad loss. Mikko Koskinen (22-18-4 2.89 GAA) gave up three goals on 20 shots before yanked in the beginning of the 2nd period and Anthony Stolarz (4-4-3 3.52 GAA) did even worse in relief giving up four goals. Koskinen is the #1 G and the Oilers have lost his last two starts where he has given up nine goals.
Connor McDavid ranks 2nd in the league in points and leads Edmonton in assists and while he did not register a point in the loss to the Blues he has six assists and three goals in his last five games. This season, the Oilers are 16-17-2 at home.
The Edmonton Oilers are:
- 6-14 in their last 20 home games
- 5-16 in their last 21 vs. a team with a winning record
- 1-5 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
The Columbus Blue Jackets are:
- 5-0 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record
- 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Blue Jackets’ offense has struggled in the last couple of games, but look for that to change in this game. The Oilers have given up 13 goals in their last two games and they have given up at least six goals in three of their last four games. Their D will not play well again even on home ice and Columbus will get the W.
Prediction: PICK: Blue Jackets
Full-Game Total Pick
In 22 of the last 30 games between these teams the total has gone Over and that is a trend that will continue in this game. The Blue Jackets will snap out of their offensive funk against an Oilers team that has been bleeding goals in the last few games. With the D of Edmonton lately you have to take the Over in this non-conference matchup.
Prediction: PICK: Over