NHL Betting Odds & Picks: Red Wings vs. Blue Jackets, Wild vs. Stars, More (Friday, Feb. 7, 2020)
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A sense of dread came over me when I took a peak at the NHL slate for Friday night.
There are just four games, but all of them feature a sizable road underdog playing on the second night of a back-to-back. In fact, the terrible Buffalo Sabres (+150) are the shortest pooch on the card in their game at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers.
Like I said, dread.
Theatrics aside, I do think there are a couple of teams with value tonight.
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Let’s just get this one out of the way. The price on the Columbus Blue Jackets (-350) is too high and may only get higher. That’s because the Blue Jackets are 18-2-5 in their last 25 games are taking on the NHL’s worst team on Friday night.
It may be hard to imagine a path to success for the Detroit Red Wings (+270) against the red-hot Blue Jackets, but the truth is that Columbus has been punching above its weight over the past dozen games. The Blue Jackets have been caved in at 5-on-5 over the past month, posting a 43.8% expected goals rate in their last 12 contests.
At some point, Columbus should start to come back down to earth.