Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 4/9/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (47-26-8) at Columbus Blue Jackets (33-40-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +145 / Chicago Blackhawks -175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Blackhawks and Blue Jackets wrap up the regular season in Columbus with each team heading into opposite directions.
The Chicago Blackhawks play their final tune up game before another trip to the Western Conference playoffs and they’ll be looking to generate some momentum with a victory on the road against the Jackets. The Hawks haven’t had the best month as they have been inconsistent and have been without Duncan Keith for the last four games but they have turned it up of late going 6-2-2 in their last 10 contests and finish the year with another 100+ point season in the competitive Central division. The Hawks are 21-15-4 on the road this season and will start away from home in the opening round of the playoffs but their opponent is yet to be determined as it will be the runner up between the Stars and Blues in a race that has come down to the final day of the regular season to decide. Corey Crawford will likely get the nod as he will face off against Sergei Bobrovsky.
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The Jackets went on the road and netted a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres last night and will look to end the season on a winning note at home against the defending champs. Columbus hasn’t had a great season but have started to play a little bit better down the stretch and could build some positive momentum heading into the offseason if they get a win here against the Hawks. Columbus was expected to do some damage this season but a very slow start was their demise and they were never able to recover and are now in the mix for the top overall draft pick which would go a long way in their rebuild. Columbus won last night but I think the Hawks will try and end the year with some swagger and I like them to get it done on the road here.