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New Jersey Devils vs Columbus Blue Jackets in NHL odds

Columbus Blue Jackets

New Jersey Devils
16-17-4 December 27, 2013, 07:00 PM | Prudential Center 15-16-7

The New Jersey Devils battle the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday in NHL betting action at Prudential Center.

The Blue Jackets will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 16-17-4 this season, while the Devils are 15-16-7. Columbus is 18-15-4 against the total, while New Jersey is 13-17-8 versus the number.

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

If you're going with the Devils in this one, they were listed as moneyline Favorite of -126 on most hockey betting menus early today for Friday's contest. The over-under was at 5 earlier at BetOnline.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 27-rated Blue Jackets taking on the No. 8-rated Devils in this contest.

Columbus won its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Hurricanes on December 23. Bettors who backed the Blue Jackets at +115 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, New Jersey was a 5-2 loser on the road against the Blackhawks. Bettors on Chicago at -210 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Jersey's No. 24-ranked offense (2.42 goals per game) against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 19 at 2.86 goals per game allowed. The Devils powerplay has clicked at a 19.09% rate while the Blue Jackets have a 81.75% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Blue Jackets at Devils trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Columbus's last 7 games
Columbus is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 7 games on the road
Columbus is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing New Jersey
New Jersey is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Columbus
New Jersey is 4-0-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Columbus

Next up:
Columbus home to Pittsburgh, Sunday, December 29th
New Jersey at New York, Saturday, December 28th