The Columbus Blue Jackets face the Nashville Predators Thursday night in another one of those weird new divisional matchups. A mix of teams that aren’t used to playing each other all the time in Columbus and Nashville. This is the one division that is like a real mashup of Eastern and Western conference teams. I mean, you have Dallas and Tampa in this division who played each other in the Stanley Cup Final. This is an excellent opportunity for Tortorella’s Blue Jackets group. They play very well together, and it’s all about continuity.
Columbus is pretty much the same group from last season, and they’re better than a lot of teams in this mishmash division. Nashville, Florida, not great teams while Carolina’s solid but Dallas isn’t as good as they were last year. Because of the strength of their division, there’s a chance for Columbus to make the playoffs. And if Tampa is a little sluggish now, they didn’t look sluggish last night, but there’s a chance for Columbus to challenge to win this division. That’s how good Columbus could be, and now you’re getting them plus money tonight in Nashville at FanDuel’s Sportsbook. That’s a strong bet as the Jackets kick things off in Central on Thursday night.
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