Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Pick
Everything was working for the Canucks against the Blues. Jacob Markstrom stood tall and made 22 saves, and Brock Boeser lit the red lamp three times for a hat trick. Pettersson was terrific as well, leading the team with 5 points to bolster the rookies impressive resume in his first season in the NHL. Bo Horvat also found the back of the net, so the future in Vancouver was on full-display in St. Louis.
The Blues didn’t pose much of an offensive threat, but Markstrom made some timely saves. The Canucks likely aren’t going to be so fortunate against the Blue Jackets. Columbus haven’t been perfect this season, notably because of the defence, but they’ve been scoring at a pretty effective clip.
The Blue Jackets enter with 3.45 goals scored per game, though Sergei Bobrovsky has been having difficulties in net. He holds a 3.14 GAA and 0.898 save percentage, which is certainly off for him. He’s already had two games where he has allowed 8 goals. If the Jackets wanted to get something for him at the deadline, they might have to accept that his stock has plummeted this season.
Columbus are 26th in the league with 3.38 goals allowed per game. In their last ten games, they’ve given up 3.7 goals per game, but have scored 3.5 goals to keep pace. The Canucks have surrendered 3.39 goals per game on the road. Markstrom enters Ohio with a shaky 3.19 GAA and 0.899 save percentage. They’re a fun team to watch with the young forwards on their roster, but there is a need for improvement elsewhere. The OVER has gone 5-2 in the Canucks and Blue Jackets previous seven meetings. At least 7 goals were scored in each of the five games. We should see something similar in Columbus on Tuesday night.