New Jersey Devils (11-14-7) at Columbus Blue Jackets (18-12-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 20, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -186 / New Jersey Devils +155 --- Over/Under: 6
The New Jersey Devils and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in NHL action from the Nationwide Arena on Thursday night.
The New Jersey Devils come into this game looking to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 7-2 drubbing at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs in their last outing. New Jersey quickly found themselves in a 3-0 hole before Sami Vatanen got the Devils on the board late in the opening period. The Devils fell behind 5-1 after two period before Nico Hischier got the Devils a second goal with just over five minutes to go but that’s as close as Jersey got as Toronto added a pair of goals to slam the door shut on New Jersey. Keith Kinkaid took the loss, giving up 5 goals on 21 shots in just two periods before being pulled, falling to 11-9-6 this season with the loss.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will be looking to pick up some steam after a narrow 1-0 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in their last outing. The game was a scoreless stalemate after the first period and still deadlocked 0-0 through 40 minutes of play before Nick Foligno scored the lone goal of the game in the opening minute of the 3rd period. Columbus was able to shut the door the rest of the way, leading to the victory. Sergei Bobrovsky picked up the win in his 1st shutout of the season, improving to 13-10-1 after stopping all 28 shots faced in the winning effort.
New Jersey is 6-20 in their last 26 road games and 7-21 in their last 28 games overall while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record. Columbus is 16-5 in their last 21 Thursday games and 4-9 in their last 13 games against the Metropolitan while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. New Jersey is 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Columbus.
New Jersey is in full struggle mode right now, and are falling apart after their hot start to the season. I’m just not sold on Kinkaid as a full-time starting goaltender, but the Devils are stuck right now with Cory Schneider being out for the foreseeable future. Columbus hasn’t been playing much better as of late, but the Blue Jackets have had the upper hand in this matchup and should get the job done here. I’m not trying to lay heavy juice though, so since 5 of Columbus’ last 6 wins over the Devils have come by 2 or more goals, I’ll side with the Blue Jackets on the puck line here.