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(3-3-0) Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks (1-2-1)
Date: Friday, October 18th
Time: 8:30 PM
Venue: United Center, Chicago, IL
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Blackhawks -145
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds:
NHL Betting Total: 6.5
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The Columbus Blue Jackets will be on the road in Chicago on Friday taking the ice against the Blackhawks at the United Center.
Columbus will be looking for a third consecutive win after beating the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Wednesday.
The Blackhawks will be looking to put together back-to-back wins after getting the best of the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 at home on Monday night.
The last time Chicago had at least three days off things didn’t end so well.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets are now 3-3-0 on the season following a 3-2 win at home against the Dallas Stars their last time on the ice. Columbus was able to outshoot the Stars 35-32 but only managed to win 27 of 58 faceoffs.
The Blue Jackets were given three power-play opportunities in the game but failed to put the puck in the net on each of them. They were able to defend the goal both times they were forced to skate with a man in the box.
Columbus has been able to put the puck in the net for an average of 2.33 goals per game this season while giving up 3.33 to their opponents. They have fired an average of 33.3 shots per game while allowing 29.0 on the defensive end of the ice.
The Blue Jackets have a 16.7 conversion percentage on the power-play with three goals on the year. Defensively, they have built a 73.7 penalty kill percentage.
The Chicago Blackhawks are now 1-2-1 following a 3-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers last Monday. The Blackhawks outshot Edmonton 35-28 but lost the faceoff battle 29-27.
Chicago failed to score on each of their three power-play opportunities and gave up a goal one of the three times they were forced to skate with a man in the box. They had 13 blocked shots in the game to go along with 10 takeaways.
On the season, Chicago has been able to find the net for an average of 3.00 goals per game while giving up 3.25 to their opponents. They have been good for 31.3 shots per game while allowing 33.3 on the defensive end of the ice.
The Blackhawks have two goals for a 22.2 conversion percentage on the power-play with a 61.5 penalty kill percentage on defense.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Columbus is 0-4 in previous four games on a Friday.
- Blackhawks are 8-2 previous 10 as a favorite at home of -110 to -150.
- Blackhawks are 10-4 last 14 vs. Eastern Conference.
Free Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks NHL Prediction:
When it comes to the numbers, there’s not a whole lot separating these two teams. One of the stats that grabbed my attention is the Blue Jackets are averaging 17 more minutes a game with a man in the penalty box.
While Chicago is by no means great on the power-play with just two goals on the season, I think they take advantage of an opportunity or two at home. I’m going with the Blackhawks.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Chicago -145
NHL Free Prediction: Columbus 2 – Chicago 4
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