Chicago Blackhawks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 10/7/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (1-0-0) at Chicago Blackhawks (1-0-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -147 / Columbus Blue Jackets +118 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, WGN
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks meet Saturday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look for another victory after beating up on the New York Islanders in their season opener. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging five goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with one goal, Artemi Panarin has three assists and Matt Calvert has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing zero goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up zero goals on 29 shots faced. Bobrovsky has allowed two or less goals in seven of his last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets look to start 2-0 for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
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The Chicago Blackhawks look for a quick 2-0 start after waxing the Pittsburgh Penguins in their season opener. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 10 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Brandon Saad leads Chicago with three goals, Ryan Hartman has four assists and Nick Schmaltz has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing one goal per game and are killing 50 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up one goal on 29 shots faced. Crawford has allowed two or less goals in four of his last eight games. The Chicago Blackhawks look for their first 2-0 start since the 2014-15 season.
The Blue Jackets are 1-9 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record, 1-8 in their last 9 road games and 2-10 in their last 12 overall. The Blackhawks are 0-6 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 9-4 in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-8 in their last 9 overall. The Blue Jackets are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings in Chicago, 8-22 in the last 30 meetings and the over is 37-18 in the last 55 meetings.
I'm not sure how anybody can see what the Chicago Blackhawks did in their opener and bet against them in this spot against a Blue Jackets team that played last night. Back to backs early in the season can be tough, as guys may or may not have their legs under them just yet. Not to mention the Blackhawks had the most impressive opener of any team in the league, and the home club has won seven of the last 10 meetings between these two teams. I'll lay the reasonable price with Chicago in this spot.