Hockey betting expectations are also on the rise for the Columbus Blue Jackets as they are also around that 8th spot as they try and get back into online hockey betting playoff contention.
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Columbus was 20-15-2-1 with the hockey betting odds and was 9-6-2 on the road with just 6 of those 17 away games going over the total. The Blue Jackets were not impressive in any one area of play as they ranked 22nd for goals scoring and 19th for goals against. Their special teams were bad as they ranked 29th for power plays and 22nd for penalty killing.
The Jackets finished up well in December with 3 consecutive wins. Right winger Rick Nash was the top scorer for Columbus with 18 goals and 13 assists. Mathieu Garon and Steve Mason split time in goal with Garon posting a far more impressive 2.32 goals against average compared to 3.31 for Mason.
Anaheim had a record of 20-17-2-2 with the hockey betting line and was 12-6-0-1 at home with just 8 of their 19 home games going over the total. Like the Blue Jackets, the Ducks were not impressive at either end of the ice as they ranked 21st for goal scoring and 18th for goals against. The Ducks did have a bona fide proven star with Ryan Getzlaf, who had 13 goals and 24 assists.
Columbus has paid out in 5 of their last 6 hockey betting matchups with Anaheim and won both of the previous meetings this year. The Blue Jackets scored a 4-3 win at Anaheim on November 19 as the game went over the total.
On October 20 Columbus scored a 3-2 home win over the Ducks as that matchup stayed under the total. Columbus has won their last 4 games at Anaheim as 4 of the last 5 meetings between the teams on the Pond have gone over the total.