In the regular season of the National Hockey League on the October 30 (October 31 in Europe), the Columbus Blue Jackets will host the Edmonton Oilers. Let’s check what these teams have been up to so far.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The “jackets” are on the usual schedule of being in the middle of the standings while outside the playoff zone. The men of John Tortorella are experiencing difficulties due to the loss of their leaders in the offseason: Bobrovsky, Panarin, and Duchene. A series of six consecutive matches with points scored showed that Columbus is ok without them. Even considering that in the last round, the winning series was interrupted by Philadelphia (4: 7).
Returning to the home ice will give the Blue Jackets new strength. Edmonton is active, but if the goalkeepers play reliably, the Blue Jackets can win. Therefore, Columbus must pay special attention to the game in defence.
For the “oilmen” who have played the playoffs only once in the past 13 years, going second in their conference is an excellent result. The key to success is five consecutive wins at the start of the tournament. Then, however, the Edmonton slowed down. In the last four matches, the Oilers won only once, and the meeting with Florida failed (2: 6). Therefore, the departure of Edmonton goes with excitement and the task of reliable play in defence. At home, Columbus is dangerous, so you should not pay special attention to the advantage of guests in 14 lines of the tournament table.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Edmonton Oilers prediction
Despite the decent distance between the rivals in the standings, their chances are equal. And taking into account the fact that Columbus and Edmonton missed a lot in the last few games, they will pay special attention to defence. Therefore, you should not take risks with the choice of a winner and wait for a productive game. We consider a reliable bet on a total of less than 6.5.
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