Chicago Blackhawks (10-6-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (8-7-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -133 / Chicago Blackhawks +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Thursday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for a win after winning seven of their last nine games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex DeBrincat leads Chicago with nine goals, Patrick Kane has 21 assists and Dominik Kubalik has 62 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 76.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Kevin Lankinen has given up 37 goals on 470 shots faced and Collin Delia has given up 10 goals on 73 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with eight goals, Oliver Bjorkstrand has 10 assists and Seth Jones has 42 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 71.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 45 goals on 394 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 12 goals on 127 shots.
The Blackhawks are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Blue Jackets are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The under is 5-2 in Blackhawks last 7 overall. The over is 7-3 in Blue Jackets last 10 overall. The Blackhawks are 15-5 in the last 20 meetings in Columbus and 35-16 in the last 51 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are the better team on paper and are going to be favored at home, but it's the Chicago Blackhawks that are playing the better hockey at the moment and have won three of the first five meetings this season. The Blackhawks continue to be underdogs and they continue to pile up victories, and they're now slightly profitable on the season. The Columbus Blue Jackets are sixth worst in the league in terms of money burned this season. I'll once again back the Blackhawks and the plus money.