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New Jersey Devils host Columbus Blue Jackets in hockey action

Columbus Blue Jackets

New Jersey Devils
29-23-5 February 27, 2014, 07:00 PM | Prudential Center 24-22-13

Prudential Center hosts an NHL battle between the New Jersey Devils and the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

The Devils are 24-22-13 so far on the season. The Blue Jackets, meanwhile, are 29-24-5. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New Jersey go 16-29-14 and the Blue Jackets go 30-24-4 on the totals.

View Columbus Blue Jackets vs New Jersey Devils Odds and Stats.

If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Blue Jackets listed earlier today as underdogs of 124 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Devils rated this week at No. 16 and the Blue Jackets sitting at No. 8.

Columbus lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Sharks on February 7. Bettors who backed the Sharks at -171 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, New Jersey was a 3-0 loser on the road against the Capitals. Bettors on Washington at -123 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New Jersey's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 2.29 goals per game, against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.78 goals allowed. The Devils power play is averaging 18.97% while the Blue Jackets defense kills off 82.21% of their penalties.

A few Blue Jackets at Devils trends to consider:
Columbus is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Columbus's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Columbus's last 9 games when playing New Jersey
Columbus is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
New Jersey is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Jersey's last 6 games
New Jersey is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Jersey's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Columbus home to Florida, Saturday, March 1st
New Jersey at New York, Saturday, March 1st