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Fireworks Could Be in Store for Blue Jackets-Blues

The best matchup in the Saturday slate of NHL games features the Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues. With both squads enjoying strong starts and playing in the second half of back-to-backs, puck bettors can find no shortage of interesting betting angles in this one.

MyBookie opened the Blues as -124 home faves.

Shark Bites
  • The Blues are 5-0 in their last five home games.
  • The home team is 4-0 in the last four meetings.
  • The OVER is 4-1 in the Blue Jackets' last five road games.

The Blue Jacks are off to the best start in franchise history (7-3-0) after Josh Anderson’s overtime goal beat Winnipeg 2-1 on Friday. Columbus has allowed one goal each in a pair of wins since allowing six against Los Angeles last Saturday.

Jake Allen is expected to be back in the net for the Blues after backup Carter Hutton recorded his third win in his third start on Friday. Allen (5-2-1, 2.70 goals-against average, .912 save percentage) is enjoying yet another strong start to the year and is clearly one of the best young netminders in the NHL at the age of 27.

Columbus has recorded points in five of the last six meetings with the Blues (4-1-1), including an 8-4 win in the most recent clash between the clubs last November.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.1-2.5 victory for the Blues. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs St. Louis Blues Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The St. Louis Blues sport a record of 8-2-1 heading into this matchup, while the Columbus Blue Jackets sit at 7-3-0 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 6-5 for the Blues and 5-5 for the Blue Jackets. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Columbus injuries news.

The St. Louis Blues sit at No. 10 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Columbus Blue Jackets sit at a No. 27 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the St. Louis Blues No. 11-ranked offense (3.27 goals per game) against a Columbus Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.3 goals per game allowed. The Blues powerplay has clicked at a 21.05% rate while the Blue Jackets have a 88% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Columbus, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Jets at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jackets at -203 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Blues were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Hurricanes. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at +104 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Columbus is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games
  • Columbus is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
  • St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • St. Louis is 8-17 ATS in its last 25 games at home
  • St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Columbus home to Boston, Monday, October 30th
St. Louis home to Los Angeles, Monday, October 30th