NHL Betting: Columbus can motor past the Winnipeg Jets


Winnipeg-Columbus

Without a win since the turn of the year it's becoming a testing time for Winnipeg, and this evening's clash against Columbus takes on extra significance otherwise their play-off hopes are sinking into a deep hole.

A shutout win for the Blue Jackets over Carolina means they've gone two for two now that Sergei Bobrovsky is back in net and showing the form that saw the Russian named best goalie in the league last season.

Behind an improving special teams and powerplay in particular, Columbus have been a more threatening offensive outfit too. Nathan Horton was finally able to make his much awaited debut and Brandon Dubinsky continues to lead at both ends of the ice.

A key move for the Jets might be moving Dustin Byfuglien from defence to top line right wing, currently he sits fifth in average ice time but the 74 goals conceded with him on the ice are more than any other player, getting "Big Buff" forward might be beneficial in other ways though as what he can do is create havoc both with his giant frame and heavy shot.

It's all well and good but I'm not sure the likes of Tobias Enstrom, Zach Bogosian and Grant Clitsome stepping into that workload will sure them up after 18 goals conceded in the last four games, Columbus look good value to take advantage of those vulnerabilities.

 

San Jose-Boston

A reality check to some extent for Boston on the West coast so far this week after being comfortably defeated by both LA and Anaheim, two of the few clubs currently above them in the league table.

The Bruins can salvage this road trip to some extent at its concluding point in San Jose, but they'll be well aware that despite the Sharks losing some ground on their rivals recently inside HP Pavilion only one team has beaten them in regulation.

Joes Pavelski and Thornton have endeavoured to step up in the wake of Logan Couture's hand injury, and with Tomas Hertl also out their much lauded depth is going to be tested but should be up to the task.

I think the Bruins have found this trip difficult because the West's elite won't wilt under their power game strategy and have that extra offensive skill to break contests open, while their only goals this week have come from checking line contributions.

A dynamite performance from Tuukka Rask got Boston a home victory in this fixture earlier this season. He'll have to be even better for them to get something here and I think the Sharks are the better option at 2.05.


Best Bet: Columbus Blue Jackets to win at 2.90