KEY POINTS

  • Blue Jackets look to stretch their win streak to six
  • Jets want to end their three-game slide
  •  Blue Jackets are favorites at home

Columbus has been playing like a well-oiled machine as of late. As they bank on their recent surge of five straight victories, the Blue Jackets will look to blast off a stumbling Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday inside their home ice at the Nationwide Arena.

Only a single win separates the two squads. But from what it appears, the NHL Vegas Odds are putting some weight on the winning streak of the Blue Jackets - just to add to their home ice edge - as they are tagged as favorites to win the match.

Columbus Blue Jackets:

The Blue Jackets have been saddled by several injuries this season, but they offered no excuses as they continued to compete at a high level against some of the best teams in the league. 

The team is taking pride in its defense. They have allowed only three goals during their current winning surge and they vow to keep frustrating their next opponents by putting more effort into limiting them from scoring. 

Goalie Matiss Kivlenieks made his season debut on Sunday and he immediately made his presence felt by accounting for 31 saves to propel the Blue Jackets to a 2-1 escape win over the New York Rangers.

Winnipeg Jets:

Losing five of their last six games, the Jets have been made aware that something needs to be done now. Wednesday’s visit to Ohio is their last chance to steal an elusive win before heading back to Winnipeg. 

Sensing trouble, the Jets aim to go off and running right at the onset of the match in order to set the tone for the team offensively. During their three-game slide that includes forgettable losses to Chicago and Carolina, Winnipeg was able to score only four goals - a demoralizing stretch especially for a team that continues to struggle for a playoff spot.

Odds and Trends:

The Blue Jackets are favored with a -165 price to win; the Jets are priced at +145. 

The total line is set at +105 for over six goals and -125 for under.

The Blue Jackets are 5-0 in their last 5 overall and 5-0 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.

The Jets are 7-3 in their last 10 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest.

Over is 4-1-1 in Jets last 6 games playing on 0 days rest.

Under is 5-1 in Blue Jackets last 6 games as a home favorite.

Prediction:

Moneyline: Jets

Total: Over

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard Oct 28, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Ottawa Senators right wing Alex Chiasson (90) and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard (58) battle for the puck during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Ottawa beat Columbus 5-2. Photo: Reuters/Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports