Vancouver Canucks (15-6-1) at Columbus Blue Jackets (6-13-2)
|Date & Time||Friday November 28, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +118 / Vancouver Canucks -130 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Canucks look to take over to spot in the Western Conference with w victory in Columbus on Friday night while the Jackets look to end a two game slide and climb out of the Metropolitan basement.
The Vancouver Canucks can take over the league's top spot with a victory on Friday night as they head into Columbus to take on the Blue jackets who are miles away from the league's top spot and are actually tied with the Sabres for the worst mark in the game with just 14 points. Vancouver has been a team on a mission so far this season and they have certainly washed away any negativity from last year's debacle and at this rate they will be back in the playoff picture and could very well take down the ultra competitive Pacific division. The Canucks were a nightmare last season but were never short on talent and now in a new system and a fresh breath of air they are playing very well and on the road here against the Jackets they have a pretty good match up. Ryan Miller is expected to get the start for the Canucks while Sergein Bobrovsky will go for the Jackets.
Columbus has been one of the game's most disappointing teams this season as they were projected for big things in the Metropolitan division but through the quarter mark they have just six wins to their name and are 18 points back of the division leading Penguins. The Jackets do have some talented players but you have to feel bad for them right now as they were distracted in the offseason by the Ryan Johansen contract saga and it appears as though that has taken its toll on the team and they are underpeforming to say the least but there is still time for them to turn it around. The Jackets are a tough team to figure out as they are not as bad as their record indicates but at the same time I don't think they deserved the hype they were getting to start the year and now the oddsmakers are starting to figure that out. The Canucks are getting a great price here at just -130 and I think taking them by two or in regulation is more than plausible for even better money.