The equipment decisions that hockey players make at this time of the year tells you a lot about the season their respective teams have had. The players who are planning on locking up their razors are the ones that are playoff bound, while those who are getting their golf clubs out of storage are likely to also be thinking about their job security for next season. The Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres, who meet on Friday for an NHL betting night, will soon be on the golf course, but they are ending their season very differently.
Blue Jackets vs Sabres: NHL Betting Analysis and Game Preview
Time: Friday, 7 p.m. ET
Venue: Nationwide Arena, Columbus
National TV: none
Opening line: Blue Jackets -360, Sabres +313 (5.5 goals)
The Columbus Blue Jackets have been out of the playoff conversation for quite some time, but they have chosen to take a very different road than the Sabres. They were on a 9-game win streak before dropping an OT loss to the Rangers, but quickly bounced back to blank the Toronto Maple Leafs right after that setback. They have been scoring goals and clicking on the power play, all while seeming to serve notice that they should be a team to look out for next season. You get the sense that if they can swing a couple of good deals in the off-season, they could well be on the brink of something good.
Key Betting Trends
Columbus is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Columbus’s last 8 games
Columbus is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Columbus’s last 15 games at home
Columbus is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Buffalo
Buffalo is 4-14 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Buffalo’s last 8 games
Buffalo is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo’s last 6 games on the road
Buffalo is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Columbus
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
I hate to do the whole “lock bet” thing, as there are just too many things that can go wrong over the course of 3 periods of hockey. If I did do that, though, I would certainly have the Blue Jackets down as a lock in this one.