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The Columbus Blue Jackets will head on the road to battle the Chicago Blackhawks in an inter-conference clash Saturday night from the United Center. The Blue Jackets are coming off a 3-0 home loss to the Islanders, and the Blackhawks tallied a 5-2 home win over New Jersey in their previous action. Chicago registered a 4-1 road win over Columbus in the lone meeting this season.
Blue Jackets Flat in Loss to Islanders
The Columbus Blue Jackets had a four game winning streak snapped in a 3-0 home loss to the Islanders in their previous action on Thursday night. Blue Jackets’ scoring leader Artemi Panarin had a two game point streak snapped in the defeat. The 27-year old left-winger is having a stellar season, and he has collected seven points on the month. Panarin has notched 22 goals along with 42 assists on the season, and he has tallied one point in three games against his former Blackhawks team.
Cam Atkinson has been held pointless in two out of his last three games. The speedy right-winger is on pace for a career-high in goals. He has netted 31 goals along with 23 assists on the season. Columbus holds a 4-6 record in their last ten games, and they have been sharp on the road where they own a 17-9-1 record.
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) February 15, 2019
The Blue Jackets have started Sergei Bobrovsky between the pipes in five consecutive games. The eight-year veteran net minder is having an inconsistent season, and he is carrying a 2.90 GAA and a .903 save percentage accompanied with a 23-17-1 record. Columbus is averaging a solid 3.3 goals per game, good for eighth in the NHL. They are allowing an average of three goals, pegging them 16th overall.
Kane Leads Blackhawks to Another Victory
The Chicago Blackhawks will continue a three game home stand in this contest. The Blackhawks got back in the win column with a decisive 5-2 home win against the Devils on Thursday night. Blackhawks’ point leader Patrick Kane remains one of the hottest players in the NHL. The 30-year old right-winger recorded another three points in Thursday’s win, and he has 14 points on the month, and 85 points on the season. Kane has accumulated 51 points in 43 career games against the Blue Jackets.
Chicago’s captain Jonathan Toews is also playing well in the Blackhawks’ recent winning ways. The 11-year veteran center has scored three goals in his last four games, and he has collected 26 goals along with 31 assists on the season. The Blackhawks have won eight out of their last ten games overall, and they stand at 13-10-6 on home ice.
"We're in the hunt right now… We know how important these points are right now."
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) February 15, 2019
The Blackhawks continue to rotate between Cam Ward and Collin Delia between the pipes. Ward recorded the win on Thursday night, and he owns a 12-8-4 record and a 3.60 GAA, while Delia stands at 6-3-3 with a 3.22 GAA. Chicago is red-hot offensively, and they are averaging 3.2 goals per game, ranking them ninth in the NHL. The Blackhawks are conceding an average of 3.6 goals, placing them down at 30th overall.
The Chicago Blackhawks are:
- 20-7 in their last 27 games against the Blue Jackets.
- 8-1 in their last 9 games overall.
- 5-0 in their last 5 home games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are:
- 1-9 in their last 10 games in Chicago.
- 6-14 in their last 20 Saturday games.
- over is 7-1 in their last 8 games after scoring two or fewer goals in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am siding with the Blackhawks in this contest. Chicago is one of the hottest teams in the NHL, and they have won eight out of their last nine games overall. The Blackhawks continue to fill the net, averaging a sizzling 4.8 goals in their last ten games.
Furthermore, the Blue Jackets have only won four out of their last ten games, and defensively they have been shaky, conceding three or more goals in seven out of their last ten games. Chicago is riding a ton of momentum, and I expect a solid home win in this one.
Prediction: Chicago Blackhawks
Full-Game Total Pick
The over is a solid option in this matchup. The Blackhawks are unstoppable from an offensive standpoint, scoring a combined 23 goals in their last five games, and Patrick Kane is on a roll, plus the over is 21-5-1 in their last 27 games overall.
In addition, the Blue Jackets are also consistently finding the back of the net, averaging three goals per game in their last five games, and the over is 3-0-1 in their last four road games overall.
Full-Game Prop Bet
I expect Chicago to resume their red-hot offensive play. The Blackhawks have scored five goals in back-to-back home games, and Patrick Kane has accumulated five points in his last two home games. Also, the Blue Jackets squandered four goals to the Blackhawks in the first meeting this season.
Prediction: Chicago Team Total: Over
Half-Time Total Bet
I am opting with the over on the first period total. The Blackhawks worst defensive period occurs in the first frame where they have surrendered 75 goals on the season, while scoring 60 themselves. In addition, the Blue Jackets have allowed 60 goals in the first period, marking their worst period.