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Blue Jackets face Colorado Avalanche: NHL odds preview and stats

Columbus Blue Jackets

Colorado Avalanche
17-18-4 December 31, 2013, 08:00 PM | Pepsi Center 23-11-4

The Colorado Avalanche battle the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday in NHL betting action at Pepsi Center.

The Blue Jackets will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 17-18-4 this season, while the Avalanche are 23-11-4. Columbus is 19-16-4 on the totals; Colorado is 16-20-2.

View Columbus Blue Jackets vs Colorado Avalanche Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Avalanche as -168 Favorite earlier today. The over under opened at 5.5 at 5Dimes for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 28-ranked Avalanche and the No. 25-rated Blue Jackets in this matchup.

In their last action, Columbus was a 5-3 loser at home against the Penguins. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -124 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Last time out for Colorado, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Jets at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Jets at +145 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Colorado's No. 10-ranked offense (2.87 goals per game) against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.87 goals per game allowed. The Avalanche powerplay has clicked at a 16.07% rate while the Blue Jackets have a 80.74% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Columbus at Winnipeg, Thursday, January 2nd
Colorado home to Philadelphia, Thursday, January 2nd