Chicago Blackhawks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/6/14
Columbus Blue Jackets (32-25-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (36-13-14)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks / Columbus Blue Jackets --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Ohio, CSN-Chicago
The Columbus Blue Jackets begin a three game road swing with a stop at the United Center to face the Chicago Blackhawks.
Columbus road a three goal first period scoring burst to down visiting Dallas 4-2 Tuesday for victory number three in a row. Artem Anisimov scored one of his two goals in the opening frame and added a third period tally and has scored in all four contests since returning from the Olympic break. RJ Umberger and Boone Jenner also scored for the Blue Jackets with Sergei Bobrovsky picking up the win on a 31 save performance. Trevor Daley and Alex Goligoski provided the offense for the Stars with Dan Ellis absorbing the loss with four goals allowed on only 20 shots.
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Chicago dropped a 4-2 decision at the United Center to Colorado on Tuesday thanks to a third period collapse. The Blackhawks don't lose very often at home and certainly don't give up three goals in the final 20 minutes on home ice very often either. The Avalanche received a second period tally from Maxime Talbot before Ryan O'Reilly, Tyson Barrie and Paul Stastny scored in the third to make winner out of Semyon Valamov who recorded 36 saves. Ben Mith and Jonathan Toews found the back of the net for the Blackhawks while Corey Crawford was tagged with the loss with a 17 stop effort. Chicago has now dropped three of four with a suddenly hot Columbus coming to town.
Columbus is 0-5 in their last five trips to the United Center and 7-22 in the last 29 match ups with the Blackhawks overall while the over has gone 39-18 in the past 57. Strong trends favoring a great home team who isn't playing great so I'll look at this in depth when a line is released. I expect it to be huge which I'm not crazy about...