Chicago Blackhawks (8-22-4) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (10-22-2)
December 31, 2022 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -132 / Chicago Blackhawks +107; Over/Under: +6
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The Chicago Blackhawks and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in NHL action from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to St. Louis in their last game. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 26 points coming with a team-high 20 assists while Jonathan Toews has 20 points with 11 goals. Max Domi also has 24 points with a team-high 11 goals and 13 assists as well this season. Petr Mrazek has gone 2-9-1 with a 4.13 GAA and an .881 save percentage while Alex Stalock is 4-3-1 with a 2.69 GAA and a .918 save percentage in goal for Chicago this season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will be trying o rebound from a 2-1 loss to the Islanders last time out. Johnny Gaudreau has a team-high 35 points with 10 goals and 25 assists while Boone Jenner has 22 points with a team-high 11 goals. Elvis Merzlikins has gone 4-8 with a 4.68 GAA and an .864 save percentage while Joonas Korpisalo is 4-6-1 with a 3.32 GAA and a .908 save percentage and Daniil Tarasov has gone 2-8-1 with a 3.40 GAA and an .907 save percentage in goal for Columbus this year.
Chicago is 1-5 in their last 6 games against the Metropolitan division and 7-23 in their last 30 games after scoring 2 goals or less in the previous game while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 road games. Columbus is 1-5 in their last 6 games against the Central division and 0-7 in their last 7 games after scoring 2 goals or less in the previous game while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
I get the case to back (or fade) either side in this one, but I’m backing the under here. These are two sides that have had serious goaltending issues, but the goaltending hasn’t been bad on either side as of late, and for the most part, both of these teams have been struggling to find the back of the net. The first meeting days ago went over the total but I’m expecting a lower-scoring game here. Give me the under.