Columbus Blue Jackets (20-12-3) at New Jersey Devils (12-15-7)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 23, 2018, 12:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils -103 / Columbus Blue Jackets -117 --- Over/Under: 6
The Columbus Blue Jackets and the New Jersey Devils meet in NHL action from the Prudential Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to head into the Christmas break on a high note, extending their winning streak to 3 games after a 4-3 win over Philadelphia in their last outing. Zach Werenski opened the scoring for New Jersey but the lead lasted just over 4 minutes as Philly tied the game at 1-1 after 20 minutes of play. The Flyers took a 2-1 lead before Cam Atkinson scored a pair of goals 3:53 apart to take a 3-2 lead and Artemi Panarin scored Columbus’ 4th marker just before the end of the second frame. Philadelphia pulled a goal back late but Columbus shut the door to take the win. Sergei Bobrovsky got the win to improve to 15-10-1 this season after stopping 34 of 37 shots faced in the winning effort.
The New Jersey Devils will look to build some steam after a 5-2 win over Ottawa in their last outing. Pavel Zacha and Kyle Palmieri gave the Devils a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Ottawa cut the deficit in half before Taylor Hall struck twice in a span of 1:12 to give NJ a 4-1 lead. Ottawa pulled one back before Nico Hischier scored just before the final minute of the 2nd for a 5-2 lead that would hold up through the 3rd period to give the Devils a much-needed victory. Keith Kinkaid got the win after stopping 25 of 27 shots faced in the winning effort.
Columbus is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 8-3-1 in their last 12 road games. New Jersey is 8-22 in their last 30 games overall and 6-21 in their last 27 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 home games. Columbus is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in New Jersey.
With all due respect, I’ve said recently that I don’t trust Keith Kinkaid as a starting goaltender in the NHL, and the Devils winning a game against an equal opponent in Ottawa isn’t going to change that opinion. The Blue Jackets are playing much better hockey over the last few weeks and are just as good on the road as the Devils have been at home. All in all, given Columbus’ dominance in this matchup both overall and in New Jersey, I think the cheap price and the Blue Jackets is the way to go in this one.