The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Chicago Blackhawks in their third meeting of the season tonight.
Let’s take a look at this Central Division showdown from a betting perspective in our Blue Jackets vs. Black Hawks betting preview with odds, picks and predictions.
Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets Betting Preview
The surprising Blackhawks host the Blue Jackets tonight as winners of four of their last five games, including picking up a 3-1 victory against this same club back on Jan. 31.
Chicago has scored 16 goals over their last five games, with scorers Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat leading the charge. That stellar plays has coincided with the emergence of rookie goaltender Kevin Lankinen, who is 5-1-3 with a 2.17 goals-against average and a .933% save percentage.
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Columbus has alternated wins and losses over the last four contests, and the big story from Monday’s 3-2 win over Carolina was the benching of newly acquired sniper Patrik Laine for the entire third period. He exchanged some words with one of the assistant coaches and head coach John Tortorella made the call to sit him for the remainder of the game.
The other new acquisition for Columbus, hometown kid Jack Roslovic, has been sensational with two goals and five assists in his first seven games with the club. The Jackets’ have some significant offensive talent in place, but with Chicago playing better defense and getting quality goaltending, this shapes up to be another tightly contested battle tonight.
Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets Odds
Spread: Blackhawks (-1.5 +225); Blue Jackets (+1.5 -278)
Moneyline: Blackhawks (-115); Blue Jackets (-103)
Over/Under: Over 5.5 (-105)/Under 5.5 (-115)
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Bets We Like With a Blue Jackets Win
Patrik Laine to Score a Goal Anytime (+175, DraftKings)
The 22-year old sniper has made headlines this season for all the wrong things, between wanting to be traded from Winnipeg, to now this recent spat with Columbus coaches that led to his recent benching.
Despite the headlines, this kid is still one of the premier scorers in the league, with three goals in just four games for the Blue Jackets. If he gets a regular amount of ice time this evening, look for him to add to that total.
Bets We Like With a Blackhawks Win
Patrick Kane OVER 3.5 Shots on Goal (-106, FanDuel)
The 14-year veteran leads the Blackhawks with 52 shots on goal this season, culminating in six goals thus far. Look for Kane, who has 20 goals and 38 assists in 48 career games versus Columbus, to get some solid scoring chances again this evening, especially on the power play.
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Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome
Full Game UNDER 5.5 Goals (-115, William Hill)
Chicago has been making it a point lately to play balanced, two-way hockey. They’ve been defensively responsible while capitalizing on offensive chances when they see them open. As a result, the Blackhawks are 6-2 to the under in their last eight games, along with a 6-1 under mark in the last 7 meetings against Columbus.
Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets Prediction
The Blackhawks are finding ways to win these tight, low-scoring affairs, and despite splitting the two-game set against Columbus at home two weeks ago, Chicago played better hockey in both games. Moreover, they have improved since the last meeting. I like surging Chicago to pick up another victory tonight, winning by a 3-2 final.
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