The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Detroit Red Wings at the nationwide Arena on Tuesday with the opening face-off slated for 7:35 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds Columbus is a -140 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. These teams have seen their last 5 meetings all go under the total. Columbus has beaten Detroit in 4 of the last 5 played at the Nationwide Arena.
Race and Desperate Hockey
Both of these clubs enter tonight in the thick of things regarding the Eastern Conference playoff race. Detroit is currently tied for 7th overall with Toronto, is 1-point ahead of 9th place Washington, and 2-points ahead of 10th place Columbus. The good news for the Blue Jackets is that they have 2-games in hand on Toronto, and 1-game in hand on Washington.
Galore for the Jackets
Columbus enters tonight having gone under the total in their last 5-games in a row, and 7 of the last 8 overall. The Blue Jackets are 19-16 versus the money line at home this season. They’re coming off a disappointing 2-0 road loss to the New York Islanders in their previous game.
Detroit has earned at least 1-point in 5 of their last 6-games. This will be the Red Wings 3rd game in the last 4-days. They’re coming off a 4-3 home loss at the hands of the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. Detroit has gone a miserable 3-14 versus the money line in the last 3-seasons following a home 1-goal loss. The Red Wings have also gone under the total in 10 of their 12 road games this season versus an opponent with a winning money line record.
Any home team that’s coming off losses versus division opponents in each of their last 2-games, versus an opponent that saw both teams score 3 or more goals in their previous game, has seen 44 of those 68-games (64.7%) go under the total in the last 17 seasons. Bet this affair to go under the total for our hockey picks.
Hockey Pick: Detroit/Columbus to go under the total of 5.5