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Phoenix Coyotes vs Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Matchup Report

Columbus Blue Jackets

Phoenix Coyotes
17-19-4 January 02, 2014, 09:00 PM | Jobing.com Arena 20-10-9

The Coyotes get a visit from the Columbus Blue Jackets in hockey action on Thursday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

The Coyotes currently sport a record of 20-10-9. The Blue Jackets are 17-19-4. Betting totals have seen the Coyotes post a 22-16-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Blue Jackets have gone 20-16-4 against the number.

View Columbus Blue Jackets vs Phoenix Coyotes Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Phoenix sat as -163 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Coyotes rated this week at No. 14 and the Blue Jackets sitting at No. 25.

In their last action, Columbus was a 5-3 loser on the road against the Avalanche. Bettors on Colorado at -148 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

The Coyotes were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Oilers. That made winners of bettors who got Phoenix at -185 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Phoenix's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 3.08 goals per game, against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 21 at 2.92 goals allowed. The Coyotes power play is averaging 19.7% while the Blue Jackets defense kills off 78.99% of their penalties.

Next up:
Columbus at St. Louis, Saturday, January 4th
Phoenix home to Philadelphia, Saturday, January 4th