Edmonton Oilers (18-39-11) at Columbus Blue Jackets (29-34-4)
|Date & Time||Friday March 13, 2015, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -207 / Edmonton Oilers +186 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Jackets look to wrap up their third win in a row and take out some season long frustrations on the Edmonton Oilers as the team's meet up on Friday night.
The Oilers have dropped three games in a row and are coming off a tough loss against the Penguins in Pittsburgh last night and now they continue their road trip in Columbus tonight. Edmonton sits in last place in the Western Conference and their 2-7-1 stretch over the last 10 has them sitting just three points up on the Buffalo Sabres for the last spot in the league which in turn means the front runner position to land the top overall draft pick. Edmonton has looked better on the whole this season than the Sabres who have been employing full blown tank mode since November but in the Western Conference it takes a lot more than hanging around in games to get victories and as such the Oilers have only come away victorious in 18 of 68 games for a paltry 26.4% winning percentage. Ben Scrivens will likely get the call tonight as he will go up against Sergein Bobrovsky tentatively unless they change and go with Curtis McElhinney.
The Jackets are coming off an impressive 3-1 victory at the Joe against the Red Wings in a game the Wings needed to win to stay in the hunt in the Atlantic division. Columbus held the Red Wings' offense in check and looked very strong from start to finish and they'll look to carry over that same momentum even though they are playing a very different animal in this spot. Columbus has been a huge disappointment this season and will miss the playoffs just a year removed from pushing the Penguins' buttons in the opening round and they'll have to go back to the drawing board. This is a game I'm staying away from as last night was a huge context spot for Columbus and this one doesn't look to be nearly as concrete. If anything I'll play the total and after a relatively defensive battle last night I see things opening up in a high scoring affair.