NHL Picks: Blues vs. Blue Jackets

David Lawrence

Friday, April 12, 2013 11:42 AM GMT

Friday, Apr. 12, 2013 11:42 AM GMT

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been a heartwarming story in the NHL this season. They’ve surprised a lot of people with their performance and could shock a few more if they earned a playoff berth.


NHL Betting: Blues vs. Blue Jackets Picks

The time is ticking for them, though, as they are currently three points out of a spot with eight games remaining. They better take Friday’s contest against St. Louis seriously or their playoff chances will take a hit. Let's find the best value for this NHL pick.

Record: 117-138 (-1443)

The St. Louis Blues can win because…

They are playing their best hockey of the season right now. As a team, they’ve won six straight while goaltender Brian Elliott has registered three straight shutouts. The Blues go as their goaltenders do, so right now, this is a good team to take on the NHL odds.

The Blues own the Blue Jackets as they have won all three meetings this season while outscoring them 9-3. As a matter of fact, they have won 10 of the last 12 meetings between the teams. Considering how well they are playing, they should be able to extend their dominance.

The Columbus Blue Jackets can win because… 

The Blues might be gassed on Friday. For St. Louis, this will not only be a back-to-back situation but it will be their third road game in four nights. It will also be their seventh game in 12 days in April. 

The Blue Jackets were 5-12-4 at one point this season but have since turned things around. They are 12-4-3 since and in case you’re doing the math at home, had they performed that way the entire season, they’d be in third place in the West.

This is going to be a goaltenders duel and few netminders have played better than how Sergei Bobrovsky has been at home. He’s got a sparkling 1.72 GAA and a .943 save percentage at home.

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Outlook & Pick

The Blue are the hotter team right now as Columbus has lost two of three and five of nine. Take the Blues with your NHL picks as they are a small road favorite in this spot. They have a good track record against Columbus and that’s tough to bet against.

NHL Pick: Under 5 at Bodog

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