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Moneyline favors Blues in battle with Blue Jackets

St. Louis Blues

Columbus Blue Jackets
21-6-3 December 14, 2013, 07:00 PM | Nationwide Arena 14-15-3

Nationwide Arena hosts an NHL battle between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the visiting St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

The Blue Jackets sport a record of 14-15-3 heading into this matchup, while the Blues sit at 21-6-3 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 14-15-3 for the Blue Jackets and 14-12-4 for the Blues.

View St. Louis Blues vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Blue Jackets as 148 moneyline underdogs in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.

The Blue Jackets sit at No. 24 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Blues sit at a No. 3 on the same chart.

The Blues were a 6-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Maple Leafs. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -255 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

Columbus was a 4-2 winner in its last match on the road against the Rangers. They won as +155 underdogs, while the total score of 6 made winners of OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Columbus's No. 21-ranked offense (2.56 goals per game) against a Blues defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.33 goals per game allowed. The Blue Jackets powerplay has clicked at a 19.8% rate while the Blues have a 83.5% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Blues at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
St. Louis is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
St. Louis is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Columbus
Columbus is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games
Columbus is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games at home

Next up:
St. Louis at Ottawa, Monday, December 16th
Columbus home to Atlanta, Monday, December 16th