Chicago Blackhawks vs Columbus Blue Jackets 12/23/22 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Columbus Blue Jackets (10-20-2) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (7-20-4)
December 23, 2022 8:30 pm EDT
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -123 / Columbus Blue Jackets -101; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks meet Friday in NHL action at the United Center. The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost 5 straight games. The Chicago Blackhawks have lost 8 straight games.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Boone Jenner leads Columbus with 11 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 24 assists and Patrik Laine has 71 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 4 goals per game and are killing 77.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 36 goals on 370 shots faced, and Elvis Merzlikins has given up 55 goals on 403 shots.

The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Domi leads Chicago with 10 goals, Patrick Kane has 18 assists and Seth Jones has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 70.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Petr Mrazek has given up 48 goals on 381 shots faced, and Arvid Soderblom has allowed 48 goals on 453 shots.

The Blue Jackets are 18-45 in their last 63 road games and 15-36 in their last 51 overall. The Blackhawks are 19-46 in their last 65 home games and 13-40 in their last 53 overall. The under is 4-1 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall. The over is 5-2 in Blackhawks last 7 home games. The Blue Jackets are 5-12 in the last 17 meetings in Chicago and 16-37 in the last 53 meetings. The road team is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.

I’m not running to the window to back either of these teams that are terrible at both ends of the ice and are watching the losses pile up. With that said, somebody has to win. The Chicago Blackhawks at least have the advantage being at home, and they’ve beaten up on the Blue Jackets over the last decade. If the Blackhawks cant win this game at home, it’s going to be a long few months. Give me the home team.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Chicago Blackhawks -123

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