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Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks Betting Pick (January 29, 2021)

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An old rivalry from the turn of the century is renewed for the first of eight meetings this season when the Columbus Blue Jackets face-off with the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at the United Center.

Let’s take a look at this Central Division showdown from a betting perspective in our Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks betting preview with odds, picks and predictions.

Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks Betting Pick

The Blackhawks return home to the West Side after taking two out of a possible four points in a pair of overtime losses against Nashville. The Hawks’ power play unit continues to be one of the best in the league, with at least one goal scored on the man-advantage in seven of their first eight games.

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The Blue Jackets head into this contest playing their third game in the last four nights, fresh off a 3-2 shootout win at home against Florida. Columbus is 1-3 on the road, and has lost five of their last seven meetings against Chicago.

Kevin Lankinen gets the start for the Blackhawks, with his counterpart for Columbus being Joonas Korpisalo. These two were childhood friends growing up in Finland. The rookie Lankinen has been a solid surprise for the Hawks in net, with a 2-0-2 record and a 2.18 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in his first four starts.

Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks Odds

Here are the lines for Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks at DraftKings Sportsbook:

Spread: Blue Jackets (-1.5 +190); Blackhawks (+1.5 -235)
Moneyline: Blue Jackets (-136); Blackhawks (+117)
Over/Under: Over 5.5 (-108)/Under 5.5 (-113)

Bets We Like With a Blue Jackets Win

Alexandre Texier to Score a Goal Anytime (+300, DraftKings)

The 21-year old native of France pulled off an amazing one-handed highlight reel goal in last night’s shootout victory against Florida. Through eight games this season, Texier already has four goals and a pair of assists. Centering the top forward line with Nick Foligno and Oliver Bjorkstrand gives this young skater quality chances to score on a nightly basis.

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Bets We Like With a Blackhawks Win

Dominik Kubalik to Score a Goal Anytime (+240, DraftKings)

The second-year forward has a pair of goals scored in eight games played thus far, and is tied with Patrick Kane for most shots on goal with 26. I like for the 25-year old speedster to find the back of the net in tonight’s contest.

Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome

Goal Scored in the First 10 Minutes (NO +102 William Hill)

These two teams have started off slow in games this season, which has been a change from previous years. The Hawks are more focused on picking up things defensively, and with the stellar play from Lankinen, and a potentially tired Columbus squad coming in off last night’s contest, I expect the scoring to come later in the opening frame.

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Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks Betting Pick

The Blackhawks are looking much sharper in this second week of the season compared to their first four games down in the state of Florida. I like Chicago to continue their home winning ways with a 4-1 victory this evening.

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Author: Alex Smith

Alex Smith is a sports betting contributor.