Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets Game Preview

Nationwide Arena is the site for an Eastern Conference tilt as the Detroit Red Wings travel to Ohio to meet the Columbus Blue Jackets. It’s the third and last time that these two clubs will go at it in the regular season. The first puck will drop at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 3, and fans at home can catch the game live on Fox Sports Detroit.

Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets Odds

Columbus (+200) is entering this one as the underdog to Columbus (-240), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-125 for the under, +105 for the over).

Columbus is 44-35 straight up (SU) and has netted 1.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, ranked 3rd in the Metropolitan Division in this young season, is a regression from the 50-32 record that the team posted during the 2016-17 season campaign. Of the team’s 79 regular season matches, 40 have gone under the total, while 38 have gone over and just one has pushed. The team’s 25-14 SU at home this year.

The Blue Jackets have converted on just 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 28th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 24th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 77.7 percent of all penalties.

As a team, the Blue Jackets have been called for penalties just 3.0 times per game overall this season, 2.8 per game over their last five outings total, and 2.6 per game over their last five at home. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 5.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.

Averaging 28.2 saves per game with a .923 save percentage, Sergei Bobrovsky (36-27-5) has been the best option in goal for the Jackets this season. If the Jackets choose to rest him, however, the team may roll with Joonas Korpisalo (8-9-9 record, .898 save percentage, 3.34 goals against average).

The Jackets will continue looking for offensive production from Artemi Panarin and Thomas Vanek. Panarin (77 points) has tallied 26 goals and 51 assists and has recorded multiple points 16 times this year. Vanek has 24 goals and 31 assists to his name and has notched a point in 38 contests.

On the other side of the ice, Detroit is 30-49 straight up (SU) and has lost 15.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 44 of its contests have gone under the total, while 33 have gone over and just two have pushed. The Red Wings are 14-26 SU as the road team this season.

The Red Wings have converted on just 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 25th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 22nd overall and it’s successfully killed off 78.5 percent of all penalties.

Detroit’s skaters have been whistled for penalties 3.7 times per game this season, and 5.0 per game over their last five road outings. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays 15.6 minutes per contest over their last five road games.

Jimmy Howard (.910 save percentage and 2.81 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Detroit. Howard is averaging 26.7 saves per game and owns a 22-37-8 record.

For the visiting Red Wings, the offense will run through Dylan Larkin, who has 45 assists and 14 goals on the year.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Free Picks

Free Pick: SU Winner – Blue Jackets, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Columbus is 6-4 in games decided by a shootout this season while Detroit is 5-1 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone over in three of Columbus’ last five outings.
  • Six of Columbus’ last ten games have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 6-0 overall in those games.