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Columbus Blue Jackets vs Colorado Avalanche

Game Date: Thursday, April 5, 2012 | Game Time: 9:05 PM | Home Line: -1.5 | Total: 5.5

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Columbus Blue Jackets v Colorado Avalanche Series Betting Trends

The Columbus Blue Jackets travel to Colorado to play the Avalanche at 9:05 PM on Thursday, April 5, 2012. Colorado is the favorite in this matchup, laying -1.5 points here at home. The Total has been posted at Over/Under 5.5.

Before getting to specific team details, let's have a look at the recent games in this series to see if we can identify any NHL sports betting trends to assist in making the right pick in this game.

Recent Results in the Blue Jackets/Avalanche Series

DateAwayTeamScoreHomeTeamScoreHomeLineTotal
January 4, 2015 Columbus 4Colorado3-1.55.5
April 1, 2014 Colorado 3Columbus2-1.55.5
December 31, 2013 Columbus 3Colorado5-1.55.5
April 15, 2013 Columbus 4Colorado31.55.0
March 3, 2013 Colorado 1Columbus21.55.5
January 24, 2013 Columbus 0Colorado4-1.55.5
April 5, 2012 Columbus 5Colorado2-1.55.5
March 1, 2012 Columbus 2Colorado0-1.55.5
February 24, 2012 Colorado 5Columbus01.55.5
October 12, 2011 Colorado 3Columbus2-1.55.5

When looking at the last 45 games in this series, we can see the home team has won 24 games compared to 21 wins for the road team. Average points scored per game for the home team in the Columbus/Colorado series is 2.8 ppg while the vistor has put up 2.7 ppg, creating an average margin of victory of 0.1 favoring the home team.

As stated, the exact advantage spanning the last 45 games represents a median average advantage for the home team in this series of 0.1 ppg. That represents a value number of -1.4 when meassured against the offered line of -1.5, suggesting a wager on Columbus makes the most sense - at least, when looking at betting against the number according to the historical series trends.

The average Total points scored spanning the last 45 games between the Blue Jackets and the Avalanche is 5.5 per game.

Now let's take a look at the series history in this exact situation, with Columbus as the road team and with Colorado as the home team.

Recent Results when Columbus visits Colorado

DateAwayTeamScoreHomeTeamScoreHomeLineTotal
January 4, 2015 Columbus 4Colorado3-1.55.5
December 31, 2013 Columbus 3Colorado5-1.55.5
April 15, 2013 Columbus 4Colorado31.55.0
January 24, 2013 Columbus 0Colorado4-1.55.5
April 5, 2012 Columbus 5Colorado2-1.55.5
March 1, 2012 Columbus 2Colorado0-1.55.5
March 22, 2011 Columbus 4Colorado51.55.5

When looking at the last 24 games in this series while Colorado has been the home team, we can see the Avalanche have won 17 games compared to 7 wins for the Blue Jackets. Average points scored per game by Colorado in this situation is is 3.5 ppg while Columbus has put up 2.2 ppg, creating an average margin of victory of 1.3 favoring the Blue Jackets.

As stated, the exact advantage spanning the last games represents a median average advantage for the home team in this series of 1.3 ppg. That represents a value number of -0.2 when meassured against the offered line of -1.5, suggesting a wager on the Blue Jackets makes the most sense. At least, that's the way it looks when you ponder a bet against the line, looking at this wager in the vacuum of this series situation.

The average Total points scored spanning the last 24 games between the Blue Jackets and the Avalanche is 5.7 per game. That creates a face value cushion of 0.2 against the line, suggesting a bet of Over 5.5 may be in order. At least it appears as such on first impression when compared to the series history.

Can the Columbus Blue Jackets Cover the Spread?

This season the Columbus Blue Jackets have played 46 games, averaging 2.5 points per game, while allowing 3.2 points per game. This has led to a season record of 21-25. Let's have a closer look at recent Columbus Blue Jackets results.

Recent Columbus Blue Jackets Results

DateAwayTeamScoreHomeTeamScoreHomeLineTotal
January 27, 2015 Washington 3Columbus41.55.5
January 21, 2015 Columbus 0Winnipeg4-1.55.5
January 19, 2015 Columbus 3Minnesota1-1.55.5
January 17, 2015 Columbus 3Boston1-1.55.0
January 16, 2015 (NYR) New York 2Columbus11.55.5
January 14, 2015 Montreal 3Columbus21.55.5
January 10, 2015 (NYI) New York 5Columbus21.55.5

This season the Columbus Blue Jackets have played 22 games on the road, averaging 2.5 points per game, while allowing 2.9 points per game. This has led to a season record of 11-11. Let's have a closer look at recent Columbus Blue Jackets results on the road.

Recent Columbus Blue Jackets Road Results

DateAwayTeamScoreHomeTeamScoreHomeLineTotal
January 21, 2015 Columbus 0Winnipeg4-1.55.5
January 19, 2015 Columbus 3Minnesota1-1.55.5
January 17, 2015 Columbus 3Boston1-1.55.0
January 9, 2015 Columbus 2Toronto5-1.56.0
January 6, 2015 Columbus 4Dallas2-1.55.5

Can the Colorado Avalanche Cover the Spread?

This season the Colorado Avalanche have played 50 games, averaging 2.6 points per game, while allowing 2.9 points per game. This has led to a season record of 20-25. Let's have a closer look at recent Colorado Avalanche results.

Recent Colorado Avalanche Results

DateAwayTeamScoreHomeTeamScoreHomeLineTotal
January 27, 2015 Colorado 3Nashville4-1.55.5
January 21, 2015 Boston 2Colorado31.55.5
January 19, 2015 Colorado 1St. Louis3-1.55.5
January 17, 2015 Colorado 2Tampa Bay3-1.55.5
January 15, 2015 Colorado 4Florida2-1.55.5
January 13, 2015 Colorado 2Carolina3-1.55.5
January 12, 2015 Colorado 1Washington2-1.55.5
January 10, 2015 Dallas 3Colorado4-1.55.5
January 8, 2015 Ottawa 2Colorado5-1.55.5
January 6, 2015 Colorado 2Chicago0-1.55.5

This season the Colorado Avalanche have played 25 games here at home, averaging 3.1 points per game, while allowing 2.8 points per game. This has led to a season record of 12-13. Let's have a closer look at recent Colorado Avalanche results when playing at home.

Recent Colorado Avalanche Home Results

DateAwayTeamScoreHomeTeamScoreHomeLineTotal
January 21, 2015 Boston 2Colorado31.55.5
January 10, 2015 Dallas 3Colorado4-1.55.5
January 8, 2015 Ottawa 2Colorado5-1.55.5
January 4, 2015 Columbus 4Colorado3-1.55.5
January 2, 2015 Edmonton 1Colorado2-1.55.5
December 31, 2014 Philadelphia 3Colorado4-1.55.5
December 27, 2014 Chicago 5Colorado21.55.5
December 23, 2014 St. Louis 0Colorado51.55.5
December 13, 2014 St. Louis 3Colorado21.55.5
December 11, 2014 Winnipeg 3Colorado41.55.5

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