Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers Game Preview 1/25/2023

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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers Game Preview 1/25/2023

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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers Game Preview 1/25/2023

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The Rundown:

The Edmonton Oilers will try for their seventh consecutive win when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rogers Place tonight. The Blue Jackets are looking to bounce back from their overtime loss to the Calgary Flames on Monday. Despite the loss, Johnny Gaudreau had himself a two-point night in his first return to Calgary since signing with Columbus as a free agent. The Jackets look to burst the bubble of one of the hottest teams in the league tonight in Edmonton.

The Matchup

The Oilers have been firing on all cylinders since they headed out on their California road trip. After a rough start, losing 3-6 to the Los Angeles Kings, the Oilers have rattled off six straight wins. With this stretch of success, Connor McDavid is on a 10-game run with 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) and leads the NHL with 88 (40 goals, 48 assists). McDavid will look to stretch the longest active point streak in the NHL. McDavid is two assists from becoming the eighth different player in NHL history with 40 goals and 50 assists prior to his 50th game. Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr were the last ones to do it back in 1995-96. McDavid’s teammate Leon Draisaitl has 73 points (28 goals, 45 assists) and six goals and five assists in a six-game point streak with four multipoint games. 

The Blue Jackets (14-30-3) have lost four of five (1-3-1) and seven of 10 (3-6-1). Patrik Laine has six points (two goals, four assists) during a three-game point streak and 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past eight, including a goal and two assists in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Flames on Monday. The Blue Jackets forward Gaudreau has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past five games. 

 

Players To Watch

For the Blue Jackets, Johnny Gaudreau is the player to watch. Gaudreau is the engine of the Jackets offense. The amount of talent he brought to Columbus this offseason rivals that of Artemi Panarin when he played for the Blue Jackets. Four points in the last three games and 46 points is a strong feat on a bottom five team in the NHL. He may not reach anywhere close to his career high 115 points he set last year, but he has established himself as the best player in a young team looking to re-tool for contention in the next couple of years.

For the Oilers, Connor McDavid is the player to watch. McDavid continues to rack up historic numbers as he tries to carry the Oilers back into the playoffs. The Hart Trophy and the league MVP is most likely already in McDavid’s hands with the performances he’s been conjuring out of thin air this season. His unmatched skill paired with his unbelievable scoring is what makes him the best hockey player in the world.

 

Odds Presented By Betfred Sportsbook

Spread- Columbus Blue Jackets +1.5 (+130) / Edmonton Oilers -1.5 (-150)

Moneyline- Columbus Blue Jackets +310 / Edmonton Oilers -400

Total- 6.5 – Over (-130) / Under (+110)

 

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