Edmonton Oilers at Columbus Blue Jackets
|Date & Time||Saturday March 2, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)|
Columbus Blue Jackets: -1 (-108) / Columbus Blue Jackets -270 / Edmonton Oilers +210 / Edmonton Oilers: 1 (-115)
The Edmonton Oilers and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in NHL action from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Edmonton Oilers will look to build some steam after a 4-2 win over Ottawa in their last outing. Ottawa jumped out to a 1-0 lead with the lone goal of the opening period before Connor McDavid and Sam Gagner gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. Colby Cave pushed the lead to 3-1 early in the 3rd before Ottawa pulled a goal back to make it 3-2 with lots of time to go in the 3rd, but that’s as close as Ottawa got as Zack Kassian would secure the win with an empty-netter late in the final frame, sending Edmonton home with the win and two points. Mikko Koskinen got the win to improve to 17-15-4 after stopping 35 of 37 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to build on a 4-3 overtime win over Philadelphia that pushed the Jackets back into the thick of the playoff hunt. Philly took an early 1—0 lead before Oliver Bjorkstrand got the Jackets on the board after the midway point of the opening period. Philadelphia responded with two minutes to go in the opening frame to put Columbus in a 2-1 hole after 20 minutes of play. Artemi Panarin scored the lone goal of the 2nd period to give us a 2-2 game heading to the 3rd where Scott Harrington gave Columbus their 1st lead of the game but Columbus couldn’t hold on as Philadelphia would score with less than seven minutes to go, sending the game to overtime at the end of the 3rd. Seth Jones broke the deadlock with a goal with :33 to go in OT, giving Columbus a crucial win. Sergei Bobrovsky got the win to improve to 27-19-1 after stopping 28 of 31 shots faced in the winning effort.
Edmonton is 4-13 in their last 17 games overall and 2-8 in their last 10 games following a win while the over is 12-2 in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record. Columbus is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record and 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games against the Pacific division. Edmonton is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Columbus.
Edmonton and the plus money is tempting considering that the Oilers finally got that elusive win and have the talent to make one last push towards a wild card spot. However, the Oilers are still hard to trust, and while Columbus is walking a narrow tightrope with their playoff positioning, the Blue Jackets have had success in this matchup and have done a good job beating the teams that they’re supposed to beat and winning the games that they’re supposed to win. I’ll side with the Blue Jackets and to negate some of the heavy juice, I’ll lay a goal with Columbus here as well.