NHL pick, best bet today

Our NHL Betting pundit gives pick and prediction for Coyotes vs. Blue Jackets today at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

There are some terrific games on Tuesday Night’s NHL 10-game slate, including the Colorado Avalanche at the Rangers and Flames at the Penguins. But the real headliner is in Columbus, where the Blue Jackets host the Arizona Coyotes in what will almost certainly be a ratings boon.

Prediction Coyotes vs Blue Jackets: Coyote +190 (BetMGM)

The Coyotes are likely to be one of the worst teams in the NHL’s salary cap era. Arizona is clearly embracing the reservoir in a year with one of the best draft classes the league has ever seen, but that doesn’t mean bettors should draw a line through the Coyotes and never bet on them.

Example: Arizona pulled off the third biggest surprise in the Action Network database (dating back to 2005-2006) with their victory in Toronto last week. The Coyotes finished as a +425 underdog before shocking the Leafs. Sometimes the price of Desert Dogs will cross a threshold where it would be almost irresponsible NOT to bet on them.

We could have one of those situations Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio.

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Arizona Coyotes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Odds (BetMGM)

  • Coyote: +190
  • Blue Jackets: -230
  • Over/Under: 6.5

While Arizona’s price isn’t even close to the +425 we saw last week in Toronto, getting +190 to face the Columbus Blue Jackets is absolutely worth considering.

Despite Sunday’s 5-1 win over Rangers, the Blue Jackets weren’t an impressive group from the start. The blow to Columbus before the season was that the defense would likely hold the Jackets back. This showed in the first seven games of the campaign as the Blue Jackets conceded 27 goals (3.86 per game) and rank 31st in shot attempts allowed per 60 minutes at 5-on-5, 25th for expected goals allowed and 17th. in abandoned high-risk scoring chances.

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Arizona’s offense is terrible, but the Coyotes should be able to generate scoring chances against a defense that leaks past suspicious goaltenders.

The Blue Jackets offense, led by Johnny Gaudreau, is certainly capable of posting a twisted number against the terrible defense of Arizona. Still, unlike some other teams, the Coyotes should have a realistic chance of keeping pace in this game.

That’s all you ask of an underdog at this price.

Coyotes vs. Blue Jackets take

Coyote +190 (BetMGM)