NHL Picks: Blue Jackets vs. Ducks

David Lawrence

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 12:46 PM GMT

The Blue Jackets have won four straight and seven of nine, so the Ducks will have to be on point to end their streak. Who do we like for our hockey picks here?


NHL Betting: Blue Jackets vs. Ducks Picks

The Columbus Blue Jackets continue their playoff push on Wednesday with a visit to the Anaheim Ducks. The Blue Jackets are just one point out of a spot but will have to make up the ground on the road as four of their last five games are on the road. 

Record: 125-144 (-1112) 

The Columbus Blue Jackets can win because… 

They are playing their best hockey of the year right now. The Blue Jackets have not only won four straight, they are backstopped by a goaltender who was the NHL’s first star of the week. People making their NHL picks might laugh at the name Sergei Bobrovsky but this netminder is a completely different player than who he was in Philadelphia. His 2.03 GAA is fifth in the NHL and his .931 save percentage is second. If it weren’t for Tuukka Rask, Bobrovsky would likely be the Vezina Trophy winner this season. 

Bobrovsky has allowed just 13 goals in his last eight starts, which is not good news for the sluggish Ducks. They’ve tallied just four goals in their last three games and will find themselves on the losing end unless they can muster more offense. 

The Anaheim Ducks can win because…

The Blue Jackets are just 7-13 on the road while the Ducks are 16-6 at home. In other words, home-ice advantage will be quite important in this matchup. Also, if you look at the two meetings between the teams this season, each side has won on their home ice. 

The Ducks will be well rested for this game as they’ve been off since Saturday. The Blue Jackets are in a different boat as this will be their third road game in four nights. 

Be sure to check up on our NHL Picks of the Day for Wednesday!

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Outlook & Pick 

The NHL odds are a tad high here. The Ducks don’t have much to play for and while they play well at home, the Blue Jackets should be more motivated to get the win. The Ducks can’t really move in the standings but the Blue Jackets can. 

For that reason, I’ll take a flier on the Blue Jackets. It’s a tall order for them to get this road win but they are playing well and there is good value on the betting line.

 

Free Pick: Blue Jackets +141 at Pinnacle

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