The New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets have a scheduled date at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday night. Columbus is looking for more from their team after a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 27.
They had a four-game winning streak before getting cut down by the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, 4-0. The Blue Jackets took on a tough opponent and didn’t get very far in that one.
It's a great day for hockey!
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) March 1, 2022
There was a better effort from the Blue Jackets against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, but still the same result with no points in a 3-2 loss.
The Blue Jackets are currently a team on the fence at 27-25-1 on the season. Columbus is the fifth-best team in the Metropolitan Division with 55 points.
It’s tough being the Blue Jackets in this ultra-competitive division. Competing with the Hurricanes, Penguins, Rangers, and Capitals isn’t easy.
Their philosophy is much different from what we witnessed during the John Tortorella era, but the results are the same in the standings. The Blue Jackets are more entertaining with a more offensive approach.
The Devils are 19-29-5 at 43 points, a point better than the Philadelphia Flyers for last in the Metropolitan. The first-place Hurricanes are far away with 78 points.
New Jersey is another team that has been involved in some fun games, but it isn’t so fun for them failing to be involved at the top of the division.
Head below for our free Devils vs. Blue Jackets prediction on March 1, 2022.
New Jersey Devils vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|NJ Devils||OFF||+127||Over 6.5 (-115)|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||OFF||-140||Under 6.5 (-105)|
|Team Data||NJ Devils||Columbus Blue Jackets|
|Goals Per Game||3.1||3.2|
|Goals Against Per Game||3.6||3.6|
|Shots Per Game||31.7||29.8|
|Shots Against Per Game||31.1||35.8|
Devils vs. Blue Jackets Prediction:
The Devils have lost three of their previous five outings going into tonight. They had a good time at the expense of the Vancouver Canucks in their latest performance on Monday.
The Devils made it look easy with a 7-2 win against the Canucks. Seven different Devils got into the mix with a goal, including seven players that recorded 2 points.
They’ve been good on the offensive attack, but the effort on the other side has been well below average. The Devils have allowed 3.6 goals per game for 27th in the NHL.
It has been an ugly display for the Devils on the road, with 3.85 goals conceded per game. They’ve been torched for 4.3 goals a game in their previous ten outings.
The offensive spark of the Devils has enabled them not to get completely dominated, though. New Jersey scored the same as they gave up, with 4.3 goals per game during that stretch.
Note that the Devils have netted at least 5 goals in their last three trips on the ice. They should have success versus a Blue Jackets team struggling to stop anybody.
New Jersey Devils vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Trends:
- 2-7 overall in their previous nine games versus the Eastern Conference
- 1-7 overall in their previous eight games on a back-to-back
- OVER is 17-5 in their previous 22 games on the road
- OVER is 5-1 in their previous six games versus a team with a winning record
- OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games as an underdog on the road
- 7-3 overall in their previous ten games
- 13-3 overall in their previous 16 games as a betting favorite
- OVER is 6-0-2 in their previous eight games on a Tuesday
- OVER is 8-1-1 in their previous 10 games as a betting favorite at home
- OVER is 7-3-1 in their previous 11 games versus the Eastern Conference
The door is going to be open for a big night from the Devils’ offense. Columbus has left the door open on their blueline. They’ve allowed 35.8 shots per game, which is dead last in the NHL.
This lazy defense has resulted in the Jackets allowing 3.62 goals per game, the 31st in the league. Columbus gave up 3.4 goals per game through their previous ten attempts while scoring 3.9 goals.
Elvis Merzlikins could afford to be better in the crease. Some more help from a lackluster blueline would help, too. Merzlikins has been off the mark this season, as he enters the game tonight with a 3.41 GAA and a 0.904 save percentage.
I see nothing but a back-and-forth game, with both teams taking advantage of shaky defenses on Tuesday night. Look for a high-scoring matchup in this one. The OVER appears like the best bet to consider in Columbus.