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Minnesota Wild take on Blue Jackets in hockey test

Minnesota Wild

Columbus Blue Jackets
17-8-5 December 06, 2013, 07:00 PM | Nationwide Arena 11-14-3

The Columbus Blue Jackets look to emerge victorious in NHL odds action as the Wild arrive at Nationwide Arena on Friday.

Columbus will face the 17-8-5 Wild. In totals betting, the Blue Jackets are 12-13-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Wild are 9-15-6 favoring the OVER.

View Minnesota Wild vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds and Stats.

If you're going with the Blue Jackets in this one, they were listed as moneyline of -105 on most hockey betting menus early today for Friday's contest. The over-under was at 5 earlier at BetOnline.

The Blue Jackets sit at No. 25 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Wild sit at a No. 15 on the same chart.

The Wild were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Blackhawks. That made winners of bettors who got Minnesota at +107 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Columbus, they were a 1-0 winner as they battled the Lightning at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jackets at -110 were rewarded, while the 1 goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Columbus's No. 23-ranked offense, averaging 2.43 goals per game, against a Wild defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.33 goals allowed. The Blue Jackets power play is averaging 20.21% while the Wild defense kills off 78.35% of their penalties.

A few Wild at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
Minnesota is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Columbus
Minnesota is 6-13-1 SU in its last 20 games when playing on the road against Columbus
Columbus is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games
Columbus is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Columbus is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota home to San Jose, Sunday, December 8th
Columbus at Pittsburgh, Monday, December 9th