Amazingly, none of the last nine meetings between the Canucks and Blue Jackets has exceeded five goals combined, yet we have a posted total of 5½ here because of their early season Over tendencies. Go Under.
Yes, we are very well aware that the Over is 6-0 in all Vancouver Canucks games this season and 4-1 in all Columbus Blue Jackets contests, but that has only served to give us great value on the Under in this spot.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]You see, the Under is 6-0-3 in the last nine head-to-head meetings between these two clubs, with none on those nine games seeing more than five combined goals scored! These clubs met four times last season, and they combined for five goals in three of those meetings and two goals in the other one, and all four of those contests had a posted total of five. Thus, the added hook that we are getting here is golden.
Besides, the Canucks are only averaging 2.80 goals in five rod games this season, as it is their defense that has let them down and cause their games to go Over. They do still have one of the better goaltenders in the league in Roberto Luongo, but any goalie would have a tough time on e team allowing 31.2 shots on goal per game.
Now Columbus is averaging 3.20 goals overall, but if you break down their games, they scored five goals twice, but a total of just six goals in their other three games. Also remember that their center Michael Pecca has been suspended for five games touching an official, which is obviously a key blow.
We look for this game to resemble the last nine meetings between these clubs, with this game topping out at five goals and staying Under with the hook.
Free Pick: Canucks, Blue Jackets Under 5½ (-115)