Jackets Make a Point to the Rest of the League Tonight

Dana Lane

Saturday, October 21, 2017 4:50 PM UTC

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 4:50 PM UTC

Our biggest play to date drops the puck at 7:00 ET, 4:00 PT when the Los Angeles Kings try to remain unbeaten when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Join expert capper for a profitable NHL pick.

Free NHL Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets - 146Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Los Angeles Kings vs Columbus Blue Jackets  

Our huge risk comes on the heels of a devastating loss last night when the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks scored three 1st period goals to put my play in an unlikely spot for success. The rest of the game played out as I had envisioned with three total goals over the last two periods but that was enough to push the game over the total. If you’re going to tell everyone how great you are when you win you must be there to talk about the losses. Let’s move on and start a new streak.

Early wagering on tonight’s selection favors Columbus as 57% of all tickets written are on the Jackets. That opinion is backed up by the ‘sharp’ bettors who have pushed this number from the Jackets opening at -145 to -150 in some spots. Thankfully, our friends at MatchBook always give our bankroll a fair shake with a generous number of -144. I’m sure the general thought is that the Kings are rolling and have owned the Jackets, winning 16 of their last 22 meetings.

Injuries: Los Angeles Kings Jeff Carter (Ankle) out indefinitely, Kyle Clifford (Upper body) week to week, Columbus Blue Jackets Gabriel Carlsson (Upper Body) day to day

Starting Goaltenders: Los Angeles Jonathan Quick (4-0-1, .950, 1.59 GA) - Probable, Columbus Sergei Bobrovsky (4-1, .946, 1.58 GA) - Probable

Media overreaction is part of our everyday life but when I see some outlets making a big deal out of the Blue Jackets 0-3 power play effort against Tampa Bay I have to shake my head. True, they didn’t look great on two of those chances but it isn’t a reason to jump ship on a team that has looked as impressive any in the league so far. As I pointed out on the ‘Ice Guys’ show which is up now on the SBR YouTube

page, the Jackets dominated this game over the final two periods outshooting them 33-8. John Tortorella’s team has been awful with the man advantage this year but has been fantastic five on five. Only the Edmonton Oilers (102) and Dallas Stars (77) have more shots at even strength attempts than Columbus (76). The quality of chances is there for Columbus as 56.6% of their SOG are from close range, ranking them 5th in the league. If I was to put out a power ranking today the Jackets would be on top of the list.

The Kings have started well but this is the 1st time that we get to see them on an extended road trip and this is the first time that they’ve faced a team of this caliber as they’ve only been an underdog just once against San Jose. Let’s get some of Columbus for our biggest play yet this season.

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