Vancouver continues to struggle, as the Canucks have recorded just two wins in their last fifteen games (2-11-2 33/65) and will try to avoid a season-high sixth consecutive loss after those against the Kings (3-4/home), the Ducks (0-5/home), the Maple Leafs (2-3 SO/away), the Canadiens (2-5/away) and Washington Capitals on Tuesday (1-3/away).It won't be an easy task actually, given the fact that the guests have totaled just eight goals during their five-game losing streak and were limited to two goals or fewer in seven of their last ten road contests.
In the matter of fact, Columbus is experiencing certian problems lately, as the Blue Jackets are coming off a 1-3 road loss to the Sabres on Thursday, sixth for John Tortorella's side in ten games over the past three weeks (4-4-2 20/29).On the other hand, it should be noted that seven of those ten outings were on the road, while now the Blue Jackets will return at Nationwide Arena, where they've recorded fifteen wins in twenty-two games (15-7-0 59/51).
Sergei Bobrovsky (21-13-3 with a 2.39 GAA and a .922 SV%) will start between the pipes for the Blue Jackets.The 29-year-old goalie has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his previous five starts in January (including two goals on 28 shots in Thursday's 1-3 road loss to the Sabres) and is 12-5-0 with a 1.95 GAA and a .937 SV% in seventeen home contests.Jacob Markstrom (10-14-5 with a 2.77 GAA and a .908 SV%), who will start for Vancouver, gave up three goals on 36 shots in Tuesday's 1-3 road loss to the Capitals.Markstrom has posted a 0-2-3 record with a 3.51 GAA and a .878 SV% in his last five road starts.
I think that the Blue Jackets will manage to win that game, most probably in regulation time.
* - Odds correct at time of publication, and are subject to change.
- Pick1 1
- Odds-105 Unibet
- Match result2-5 (-8.00)