Spotlight on the Offense Doesn’t Shine so Bright Between Vegas and Columbus

Columbus Blue Jackets

Dana Lane

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 2:37 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018 2:37 PM UTC

The UNDER has cashed 8 of last 11 times when the Jackets are playing on one day’s rest; Handicapper Dana Lane anticipates this trend continuing.

Vegas Golden Knights vs Columbus BluejacketsFree NHL Pick: UNDER 6Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

The Vegas Golden Knights (42-18-5, 89pts, +45) continue their road trip into Columbus, Ohio to take on the Blue Jackets (33-28-5, 71pts, -10) at Nationwide Arena; Puck drops at 7:00 ET/4:00 PT and can be seen on Fox Sports-Ohio and ATTSN-Rocky Mountain.

According to the SBR odds page Vegas opened as a -115 favorite with a total of 6 / UNDER -120. The public jumped on the Bluejackets plus at home, driving the number down to its current -107 at Pinnacle. The TOTAL has received equal action but there is a 5.5 at Heritage if you want to get some plus money.

Vegas got the best of Columbus in their first meeting, 6-3, at T-Mobile Arena as a -175 favorite. Defensemen Shea Theodore has 2 assists and a +3 in over 21 minutes of ice time.

Moneyline Jacket bettors have lost 566 units while Columbus puckline backers have lost 1079 units. The UNDER is 36-30 overall and 20-12 at Nationwide.

Vegas on the moneyline has retuned 1925 units of profit while the puckline has returned 3292. The OVER is 36-27-2 and 19-12-1 on the road.

Starting Goaltenders: Vegas Golden Knights Marc-Andre Fleury (22-8-3, .928, 2.24)-Probable

Columbus Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky (28-21-5, .920, 2.44) – Probable

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🤠 returns to Columbus tomorrow night👀

Read his teammates' thoughts on his playing style & what he brings to the ice: https://t.co/fcJS1iAdZd

— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) March 5, 2018
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The Golden Knight received some good news late Monday night when, according to Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review Journal, it was announced that Pierre-Edouard Bellemare is healthy and should see some action against Columbus. His presence gives the Knights some stability among four lines which is what most championship teams have. With his return you can put him on a line with newly acquired Ryan Reeves and Tomas Nosek.

Even with Bellemare’s return I’ve said this a million times on the ‘Ice Guys Show’, it will take him 2-3 games to get acclimated to his linemates especially now that he’ll have a new right winger in Reaves. A player return means other guys will get shuffled around. Nosek will go back to the left side, filling in at center

against New Jersey. Tomas Tatar will like be on the third line with Cody Eakin and Alex Tuch. Ryan Carpenter will likely be a healthy scratch. We also know that neither James Neal or Nate Schmidt was in Columbus.

Point is, too much shuffling around to expect an OVER in this one despite the fact that Vegas has been an elite offensive team.

Columbus Head Coach, John Tortorella is putting a big emphasis on this game. If that’s the case the Jackets would want this to be a low scoring game.

Go grab some UNDER tickets and win again just like last night!

Power Ranking: Vegas Golden Knights #4 Columbus Blue Jackets NR

Key Statistic: Vegas Golden Knights 3.43 GPG (2nd) & Columbus Blue Jackets 2.58 GPG (27th)

All-Time Records: Only one game has been played in this series, a 6-3 Vegas win.

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