St. Louis Blues (34-13-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (21-25-3)
|Date & Time||Friday February 6, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +138 / St. Louis Blues -153 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Blue Jackets look to end a three game slide on home ice on Friday night as they welcome the red hot St. Louis Blues to Nationwide Arena.
The St. Louis Blues avoided a let down spot heading to the road to face the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night skated away with an impressive and effective 3-0 victory in which Jake Allen was spectacular and recorded the shutout. The Blues have won 7 in a row and are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games and now sit tied with the Nashville Predators atop the Central division and are just two points back of the Ducks for top spot in the NHL. The Blues are a very deep team that has found its scoring touch this season and while they are without Kevin Shattenkirk for a few weeks they are more than capable of filling the gaps as they are loaded from top to bottom and are still a nightmare of a matchup for most teams. They take on a Blue jackets team here that was playing well heading into the all-star break but has fizzled since and their already faint playoff hopes are becoming less and less likely with each passing game.
Columbus has had a tough go without Sergei Bobrovsky and while Curtis McElhinney has filled in nicely it doesn't seem to have the same impact as when Bobo is in there and as such the Jackets have dropped three in a row and 7 of their last 10. The Jackets are one of the league's bigger disappointments this season as many expected they would contend for a playoff spot and perhaps pull off a first round upset but they are miles back of the Rangers and Capitals in the division and the Bruins in the wild card hunt and are now just playing out the string. The Jackets are pretty heavy underdogs here and while there is value on them based on trends of both teams I just don't see this being the time for the Jackets to break through as St. Louis is playing the best hockey of anyone in the league right now.