Gustav Nyquist, Pierre-Luc Dubois, and the Columbus Blue Jackets will do battle against Ryan Getzlaf, Jakob Silfverberg, and the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center for an East-West showdown. The puck drops at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 7, and you can see the game live on Prime Ticket.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Anaheim Ducks Odds
Columbus is 20-23 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.2 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 26 of its matches have gone under the total, while 15 have gone over and just one has pushed. As a road team this season, the Jackets are 8-12 SU.
Columbus has converted on just 16.7 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 16th out of 31 teams, and the team’s successfully killed off 80.8 percent of its penalties..
Averaging 25.7 saves per game with a .913 save percentage, Joonas Korpisalo (17-15-5) has been the best option in goal for Columbus this season. If head coach John Tortorella decides to rest him, however, the team could roll with Elvis Merzlikins (3-11-5 record, .908 save percentage, 2.86 goals against average).
On the other side of the ice, Anaheim is 17-25 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 42 regular season outings, 23 of its games have gone over the total, while 19 have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 11-10 SU at home this year.
The Ducks have converted on just 15.4 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 22nd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.2 percent of all opponent power plays.
John Gibson (28.2 saves per game) has been the top selection in the crease for the Ducks. Gibson has 13 wins, 19 losses, and three OT losses and has registered a mediocre 2.95 goals against average and a poor .906 save percentage this season.
Columbus Blue Jackets at Anaheim Ducks Free Picks
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Ducks, O/U – Over
- Three of the Ducks’ last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 3-0 in those games and 4-1 overall in shootouts this season.
- For both of these teams, the total has gone over in four of their past five matches.
- Four of Columbus’ last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 4-0 in those games.
- Columbus skaters created 23.0 hits per game last season, while the Ducks forced 23.2 hits per matchup.