NHL BettIng: Columbus to leave Predators feeling blue

Boston's meeting with the New Jersey Devils opens up today's action. 

The Bruins would appear to have shrugged off a blip at the back end of last month with back to back wins. 

There's good and bad news for Boston on the player front, Jaromir Jagr is in line to make his debut after coming over in a trade with Dallas, but top center Patrice Bergeron is rumoured to be concussed and could be absent for a while. 

New Jersey are a team in danger, right in the middle of the East's scrap for the play-offs but displaying the worst form of any team in the mix, with just one win in five. Take the Bruins for the win at 1.85, along with fewer than 4.5 total goals at 2.12.

Nashville and Columbus are both on the outside looking in but within striking distance of the Western Conference play-off spots. Whoever picks up the win tonight gets a massive boost to their chances. 

Columbus should be able to welcome Marian Gaborik into their lineup. They gave up a lot to get the Slovak who is having a down season, however it's a great pickup if new surroundings help him rediscover his previous 40 goal form. 

It's almost a landmark moment for the Blue Jackets to acquire a big name and it gives them even more momentum. I like their chances here at 3.20.

The St Louis Blues are another team entrenched deep in the West's battle and as they visit the Windy City they must be envious of the Chicago Blackhawks' position. 

St Louis bolstered their defence before the deadline by adding Jordan Leopold and Jay Bouwmeester, the latter has played a remarkable 621 consecutive NHL games. 

That might be balanced out by losing goalie Jaroslav Halak to injury and it's a tough ask against the conference's best offensive team. 

The Blackhawks took the two earlier contests this season, so back Chicago with a -1.5 handicap at 2.85.

Best Bet: Columbus Blue Jackets to win against the Nashville Predators at 3.2

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