Chicago Blackhawks (18-18-5) at Columbus Blue Jackets (15-19-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -108 / Chicago Blackhawks -102 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Chicago Blackhawks and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in NHL action from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday night.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to rebound from a 5-1 loss to the Stars in their last matchup. Patrick Kane leads the way with 51 points including a team-high 37 assists while Alex DeBrincat has 38 points with a team-high 20 goals along with 18 assists. Dominik Kubalik has 29 points with 14 goals and 15 assists while Mattias Janmark and Pius Suter each have double-digit goal tallies this season. As a team, Chicago is averaging 2.7 goals on 29.4 shots per game with a 24.6% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.1 goals on 33.4 shots per game against with a 73% success rate on the Pk this season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will be out to bounce back from a 6-4 loss to Tampa Bay in their last game. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 32 points including a team-high 14 goals and 18 assists while Jack Roslovic has 27 points with a team-high 19 assists and Cam Atkinson is also on 27 points with 13 goals and 14 assists this season. Seth Jones also has 21 points with 17 assists as well on the year. As a team, Columbus is averaging 2.4 goals on 29 shots per game with a 14.4% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.1 goals per game on 31.9 shots with a 78.1% success rate killing off penalties this season.
Chicago is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 0-5 in their last 5 road games while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record. Columbus is 22-45 in their last 67 games overall and 19-39 in their last 58 Saturday games while the under is 6-1-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record. Chicago is 36-16 in the last 52 meetings between these two teams.
I get that the Blue Jackets are at home and always take it to the Lightning, but otherwise, the Blue Jackets haven’t been anything special for much of the season and Chicago’s been somewhat of a money maker for us in these spots. I think there’s some value to backing Chicago here, so I’ll take a stab at the Blackhawks on the road in this one.