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Can The Blue Jackets Continue Their Improbable Run?

I can’t tell if this is a fever dream I can’t wake up from or some weird purgatory I’ve been sent to, but the Columbus Blue Jackets have now won 15 straight hockey games and are just two wins away from tying the record the Penguins set in the 1992-93 season with 17 straight W’s. The Oilers are the next hurdle for the Jackets to clear and there’s no reason to think Edmonton will be anything more than a speed bump for John Tortorella’s streaking team tonight.

SHARK BITES
  • The Oilers are 1-5 in their last 6 games against the Blue Jackets.
  • The Oilers are 1-6 in their last 7 games after losing as a favorite.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Oilers' last 8 games.

During this streak, and for most of the season, the Blue Jackets have been playing impeccable hockey. They have the best power play in the league – and the best in the last 30 years – that’s operating at a 27.4 percent efficiency rate and have a goalie that’s having one of the greatest comeback seasons I’ve ever seen.

Sergei Bobrovsky has been emphatically put back on the case and has been given almost full jurisdiction over the Columbus goal crease. He’s started 31 of his team’s 35 games and owns a 24-5-2 record with a .934 save percentage and a 1.95 goals-against average. Those numbers are better than the ones he posted the year he won the Vezina Trophy.

Not only have the Jackets been keeping the puck out of the net, they’ve been filling it up at the other end and now have the best goal differential in the NHL. Edmonton has the speed and skill to keep up with them tonight and has been OK on the road. The Jackets, however – I can’t believe I’m saying this – are becoming a must-play and there’s no good reason to fade them tonight.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Edmonton Oilers were listed as 144 underdogs on the NHL hockey moneyline earlier at Bet365. The over under total was set at 5.5 before betting started earlier on Tuesday at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.4-2.1 win for the Blue Jackets. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Edmonton Oilers vs Columbus Blue Jackets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Edmonton Oilers have seen them go 19-12-7 so far this season, while the Blue Jackets are at 26-5-4. In totals betting, the Columbus Blue Jackets are 13-19-3, while the Oilers are 13-22-3. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Columbus vs Edmonton injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 1 (Columbus Blue Jackets) and the No. 4 (Edmonton Oilers) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Columbus's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 3.51 goals per game, against a Oilers defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.66 goals allowed. The Blue Jackets power play is averaging 27.45% while the Oilers defense kills off 82.61% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Edmonton was a 3-2 loser in its last match at home against the Canucks. They lost as favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.

In their last action, Columbus was a 4-2 winner on the road against the Wild. Bettors on Columbus at +115 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Edmonton is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Edmonton's last 8 games
  • Edmonton is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Edmonton is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Columbus is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Columbus is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games
  • Columbus is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Edmonton at Boston, Thursday, January 5th
Columbus at Washington, Thursday, January 5th

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