|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Saturday, 04 April 2009 08:00|
Hockey odds for the Columbus at Nashville matchup will be for a game with significant NHL wagering implications. This has been the breakout season for the Columbus Blue Jackets. They have had a solid run recently against the hockey odds on their drive towards the playoffs.
Columbus had an overall NHL wagering mark of 39-29-2-6 straight up and 37-38 against the hockey odds. From March 10 through March 29 Columbus beat the hockey odds in 6 out of 10 games. The Blue Jackets success against the hockey odds has been because of their 9th ranked defense.
Coach Ken Hitchcock has always had strong defensive teams and his system is now firmly in place and paying dividends against the hockey odds. This same system won him a Stanley Cup during his tenure in Dallas. Goaltender Steve Mason has been another reason for Columbus’ success against the hockey odds.
Mason had 31 wins and a stellar 2.24 goals against average. Rick Nash has been another important part of the Blue Jackets success against the hockey odds as he had 74 points to lead the team. The Nashville Predators have quietly emerged as a NHL wagering post season commodity after a sluggish start.
Nashville is also a strong defensive team, (8th ranked), and goaltender Pekka Rinne is a major reason for the Predators success against the hockey odds as he posted 27 wins and a 2.26 goals against average. Jean-Pierre Dumont led Nashville in scoring with 59 points.
The Predators had an overall record of 38-30-3-5 straight up and 39-37 against the hockey odds. From March 26 through March 29 the Preds scored 3 consecutive wins against the board. Nashville has been a strong under team at home with a mark of 15-24 under the total for the season.
Columbus and Nashville have been neck and neck in the central division and western conference races, and are very even and similar teams that have emerged as surprise contenders.
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