Columbus Blue Jackets, John Tortorella, and Betting Odds

Columbus are bottom of their division – but are they below the radar?

John Tortorella can be viewed as a polarizing figure in the National Hockey League. But, fan or foe, the current head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets probably wouldn’t care that much about your opinion. Sticking to what matters when it comes to the world of NHL sports betting let’s keep two things in mind about Torts: (1) he is a proven Stanley Cup winner and (2) he demands a lot from the players underneath his leadership.

Tortorella is also the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team that got off to the worst start in the NHL this season. The Blue Jackets lost their first eight games and it was during this span of futility that Columbus ditched Todd Richards in favor of Tortorella. The team responded in short order and, heading into a Tuesday-nighter against Montreal this week, the Blue Jackets are now 10-15. That overall record is weak, but it may cloak a simple fact: since starting 0-8, Columbus have gone 10-7.

The importance of the 10-7 record is that, when taken as a winning percentage that might hold up over the long term, the Blue Jackets could get back into the playoff picture. With victories over Arizona, Nashville, Pittsburgh (x2), St. Louis, and Los Angeles, Columbus aren’t an easy team to beat any longer. In fact, when judged in terms of their last ten games, Columbus have the most wins of the teams that are currently outside of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.

Betting odds are pretty risky on Columbus still as the 0-8 start will be hard to fade when it comes to qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs. However, it’s also important to know what to look at with a team and Columbus are better regarded in terms of their recent play as opposed to their overall record. Ladbrokes have Columbus at 50 to 1 to win the Eastern Conference this season, odds they offer each-way at half odds (1-2).

I think Columbus will get back into the playoff picture during the month of December. Accordingly, I see each-way value on this club with Ladbrokes.

Recommendation:

1 point each-way on Columbus at 50 to 1 to win the Eastern Conference