The Chicago Blackhawks battle the Columbus Blue Jackets in their fourth meeting of the season tonight.
Let’s take a look at this Central Division showdown on February 13, 2021 from a betting perspective in our Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks betting preview with odds, picks and predictions.
Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks Betting Pick
The Chicago Blackhawks lost a wild 6-5 heartbreaker to Columbus on Thursday night, with forward Kevin Stenlund scoring at the 18:46 mark of the third period to give the Blue Jackets a roller coaster victory.
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Blackhawks defensemen Nicolas Beaudin and Ian Mitchell both scored the first goals of their NHL careers, marking the first time since February 14, 1989 when a pair of Hawks named Mario Doyon and future Hall-of-Famer Jeremy Roenick scored their first career goals.
Chicago wingers Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat each scored a goal and two assists and goalie Kevin Lankinen suffered just his second regulation loss, making 37 saves over 43 shots faced.
Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets Odds
Here are the lines for Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets at DraftKings Sportsbook:
Spread: Blackhawks (+1.5 -286); Blue Jackets (-1.5 +235)
Moneyline: Blackhawks (-107); Blue Jackets (-109)
Over/Under: Over 5.5 (-108)/Under 5.5 (-113)
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Bets We Like With a Blue Jackets Win
Blue Jackets Team Total OVER 3 Goals (+115, DraftKings)
Columbus has been getting some offensive production as of late thanks in part to newly acquired forwards Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic, the latter of which scored two goals on Thursday. The duo have combined for seven goals and six assists since joining the club from Winnipeg back on January 23rd. We suspect that in order for Columbus to pull off a second win in three nights, they will need to continue their offensive momentum by taking advantage of an up and down Blackhawks defense.
Bets We Like With a Blackhawks Win
Patrick Kane to Score a Goal Anytime (+175, William Hill)
The 14-year veteran leads the Blackhawks with 54 shots on goal this season, culminating in seven goals thus far. Look for Kane, who has 21 goals and 40 assists in 49 career games versus Columbus, to get some solid scoring chances this evening, especially on the power-play.
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Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome
Goal Scored in First 10 Minutes (NO +103, DraftKings)
This prop has cashed “No” in 9 of the last 15 games for the Blackhawks and 5 of the last 10 for the Blue Jackets.
Columbus forward Cam Atkinson scored a short handed goal at the 12:10 mark on Thursday for the only tally in the opening frame of action. I expect another slow scoring start to this contest before things open up.
Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets Prediction
After a crazy back-and-forth battle last meeting, I’m expecting both clubs to focus more on defense in this contest, which gives a slight edge to the Blue Jackets. Chicago has played admirably in the early going, but I think they’re due for a period of regrssion, so I like for Columbus to win by a 4-2 final.
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