Columbus Blue Jackets (4-5-0) at New Jersey Devils (5-3-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 1, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils -160 / Columbus Blue Jackets +145 --- Over/Under: 5
The Columbus Blue Jackets and New Jersey Devils play Saturday night at the Prudential Center.
The The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost four straight games, including a 4-1 loss to Toronto on Friday. The issue for the Blue Jackets has been goaltending, as they’ve allowed a combined 18 goals in their last four games. The Blue Jackets are allowing an average of 3.3 goals per game and have lost 13 of their last 15 games when allowing three or more goals. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 21 goals on 228 shots and Curtis McElhinney has given up 11 goals on 74 shots faced this season. The Blue Jackets offense has tried to keep them in games by scoring a power play goal in five straight games and averaging nearly three goals a game. Cam Atkinson has five goals, Scott Hartnell has nine assists and Scott Hartnell has 39 shots on goal.
The New Jersey Devils have won two of their last three games and can only hope their goaltending starts to improve. Offensively, the Devils are carrying the way by averaging nearly three goals per game. Mike Cammalleri has five goals, Adam Henrique has five assists and Damon Seversonhas has 30 shots on goal. The New Jersey Devils have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring three or more goals. The problem for the Devils has been their goaltending that’s nine goals in their last two games. Cory Schneider has allowed 28 goals on 297 shots and Scott Clemmensen has given up four goals on 17 shots faced. The Devils have the 29th worst power play killing percentage in the league at 68.2 percent, allowing at least one power play goal in six of their last seven games.
The Blue Jackets are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-2 in their last 10 Saturday games. The Devils are 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 9-3 in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Blue Jackets are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in New Jersey, while the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
With the way both teams are allowing goals by the boatload, the best play here would be to take the over. Any other play is too risky with the way these teams have been playing lately.