Oilers face Columbus Blue Jackets: NHL odds preview and stats

8-16-2 November 29, 2013, 07:00 PM | Nationwide Arena 9-13-3

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

The Blue Jackets sit at 9-13-3 on the season; in comparison, the Oilers are currently 8-16-2. Looking to wager on the totals? Columbus is 11-11-3 OU, and Edmonton is 13-12-1 OU.

View Edmonton Oilers vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds and Stats.

On the Sportsbook NHL line for this matchup, Columbus sat as -136 Favorite over at Sportsbook. The total was set at 5.5 at Sportsbook but may move closer to puck drop.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 24-rated Oilers taking on the No. 29-rated Blue Jackets in this contest.

The Oilers were a 3-0 Sportsbook in their most recent outing on the road against the Predators. That made Sportsbooks of bettors who got Edmonton at +129 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Columbus, they were a 4-0 loser as they battled the Predators at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Predators at +105 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Columbus's No. 23-ranked offense, averaging 2.48 goals per game, against a Oilers defense that ranks No. 29 at 3.42 goals allowed. The Blue Jackets power play is averaging 18.6% while the Oilers defense kills off 82.98% of their penalties.

A few Oilers at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
Edmonton is 4-11-1 SU in its last 16 games
Edmonton is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Edmonton is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Edmonton's last 11 games when playing Columbus
Columbus is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games
Columbus is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games at home
Columbus is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Edmonton

Next up:
Edmonton at Dallas, Sunday, December 1st
Columbus at Boston, Saturday, November 30th
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