Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Anaheim Ducks - 12/1/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Anaheim Ducks (11-10-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (16-8-1)
NHL Hockey: Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -225 / Anaheim Ducks +201 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Anaheim Ducks look to continue their success against the Metro as they head into Columbus to face off against the Blue Jackets on Friday night.
The Ducks head into Columbus as a huge underdog against the Blue Jackets in a game that figures to be much closer than the line indicates as these two sides are built similarly with a strong blue and offensive depth with a solid goaltender piecing to altogether. The Ducks have been inconsistent throughout the season so far and have hit a rough patch as they are 1-4 in their last five overall and 4-10 in their last 14 games following a win but face off against a Jackets team that is 8-2 in their last 10 contests and are 7-1 in their last eight overall. Anaheim though 1-4 in their last five meetings in Columbus and are likely to send John Gibson to the crease here as he will face off against Sergei Bobrovsky.
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The Jackets meanwhile are off and running and are looking like a legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference and with a victory tonight they will move their mark against the Pacific division to 9-1 in their last 10 contests. Columbus has a very deep blue line and one of the league’s best goaltenders but it has been the depth of their offense that has helped them get off to a strong opening month of the season and why they have been so consistent and resilient after suffering a loss.
The Ducks are 1-4 in their last five Friday games and winless in their last five when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous game while Columbus is 22-8 in their last 30 Friday games and 20-6 in their last 26 playing on two day’s rest. The line here is way off as the Ducks are closer than this line indicates but Columbus should get the win in what should be a very low scoring affair, prompting us to take the under