Columbus Blue Jackets (4-2-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (2-4-3)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 7:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -102 / Columbus Blue Jackets -118 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks meet Sunday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 9.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Alexandre Texier leads Columbus with four goals, Oliver Bjorkstrand has five assists and Zach Werenski has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 88.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 11 goals on 171 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 12 goals on 127 shots.
The Chicago Blackhawks need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 36 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with three goals, Duncan Keith has five assists and Dominik Kublik has 30 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 78.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Kevin Lankinen has given up 11 goals on 157 shots faced and Collin Delia has given up 10 goals on 73 shots.
The Blue Jackets are 6-13 in their last 19 road games and 11-23 in their last 34 overall. The Blackhawks are 9-3 in their last 12 home games and 2-8 in their last 10 overall. The under is 5-2 in Blue Jackets last 7 overall. The under is 4-1 in Blackhawks last 5 overall. The Blue Jackets are 3-10 in the last 13 meetings in Chicago and 7-19 in the last 26 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have their issues and haven't had much road success dating back to last season, but they're playing the better hockey entering this contest and have a clear edge on the defensive side. The Chicago Blackhawks have been competitive, but their struggling defense and poor goaltending has prevented them from finishing games and leads to a lot of frustrating results. I have no choice but to side with the Blue Jackets and the cheap price.