The Chicago Blackhawks take on the Columbus Blue Jackets in their fifth meeting of the season tonight in Buckeye Country.
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 had their three-game win streak snapped on Saturday in a 5-3 loss to the Hurricanes. Forward Patrick Kane continued his hot run with a highlight reel goal and a pair of assists as Kevin Lankinen made 33 saves on 37 shots faced in a losing effort.
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Optimism is still high in the Hawks locker room, as the club is 7-2-1 in their last 10. They remain right in the middle of the Central Division playoff race as we inch closer to the halfway point of this shortened season.
Columbus enters this contest losing three of their last four games overall. The Blue Jackets are 3-3 in their last six contests at home. Their power-play attack is still one of the best in the league and the scoring prowess of forwards Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic have provided a big boost for this Jackets squad that had previously been relying heavily on their defense to win games.
Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets Odds
Here are the lines for Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets at DraftKings Sportsbook:
Spread: Blackhawks (+1.5 -235); Blue Jackets (-1.5 +190)
Moneyline: Blackhawks (+115); Blue Jackets (-132)
Over/Under: Over 5.5 (-108)/Under 5.5 (-113)
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Bets We Like With a Blue Jackets Win
Jack Roslovic to Score a Goal Anytime (+270, FanDuel)
The Columbus native has been enjoying some home cooking since joining the Blue Jackets back on January 24th, scoring four goals and six assists in 10 games with the club. The 24-year old winger has six goals and five assists in 15 career games versus Chicago and I look for him to get on the board tonight.
Bets We Like With a Blackhawks Win
Patrick Kane to Score a Goal Anytime (+188, DraftKings)
The 14-year veteran scored his eighth goal of the season on Saturday, and leads the club with 26 points. Kane has 21 goals and 42 assists in 50 career games against Columbus, and I like for him to get another goal in this contest.
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Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome
Full Game OVER 5.5 Goals (-108, DraftKings)
These two clubs tend to play with a faster pace and tempo when facing off against each other, which lends itself to looking at the game total hitting thee over. Columbus is on a 6-3 run to the over in their last nine games overall. Chicago has gone over in only two of their last five, with a pair of games ending in 3-2 finals, just missing the number. I anticipate a higher scoring battle in this one tonight.
Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets Prediction
Chicago is looking to bounce back after a competitive loss over the weekend and they have played the Blue Jackets tough this season. At a solid underdog price, I like the Hawks to pick up another road victory by a 4-3 final.
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