Minnesota Wild (16-8-5) at Columbus Blue Jackets (11-14-3)
|Date & Time||Friday December 6, 2013, 7:00 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -105 / Minnesota Wild -105 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Wild look to build on last night’s huge victory over the Blackhawks as they head to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets.
The Wild have been one of the best teams in the league to start the season and really are a great team to watch if you’re into a defensive, physical style of hockey that is contrary to the offensive overhaul we have seen in the last few year’s. Minny is a very solid team at every position on the ice and do a great job at limiting the damage done by their opponent’s top offensive threats and last night against the Blackhawks was no different except it was the Wild who had some success scoring the puck. Minny held on for a 4-3 victory in what was a back and forth affair and now have a chance to go into Columbus and move into a tie for second spot in the division. Nik Backstrom is expected to get the start after Josh Harding got the win at home last night while Columbus will counter with Curtis McIlhenny.
The Blue Jackets are a tough team to figure out as they have a decent roster especially in the offensive zone and one of the better goalies in the league in reigning Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky yet they sit in 7th place in the Metro division and three games under .500. The Jackets will now be without Bobrovsky for a few games as he undergoes treatment for a knee injury which puts them in a bit of a jam as McIlhenny has been career backup that has floated all over the league in recent years and has never been a number one. While Minny is better at home than on the road I think they’re the only play here even though they’re in a back to back and the Jackets are at home as the talent disparity proves to be too much.