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(49-19-7) Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks (49-21-7)
Date: Friday March 31st
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: United Center in Chicago, Illinois
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On the second night of a back-to-back after facing the Carolina Hurricanes, the Columbus Blue Jackets head to the United Center in Chicago to take on the Central Division-leading Blackhawks.
Chicago, coming off a great 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, will look to clinch the top spot in the Central Division with a win over Columbus.
Columbus Blue Jackets
In what has been the franchise’s best-ever season, the Columbus Blue Jackets are poised for a good run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blue Jackets have been a solid team on both sides of the ice, ranking top five in the NHL in both goals and goals against.
Columbus, defensively, allows just 2.29 goals per game. The defense has been great but so has starting goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. He is 41-13-5 this season with a 1.97 goals against average and a .935 save percentage.
He leads the league in both those categories and is a Vezina Trophy favorite.
On offense, Columbus averages 3.15 goals per game. The offense is led by Cam Atkinson, who has 34 goals and 27 assists. Over his last five games, he has just a single goal.
Captain Nick Foligno has 48 points (24G, 24A) in 72 games this season, but doesn’t have a single point over his last five games.
Left wing Brandon Saad has been a solid offensive presence for Columbus this season. He has 22 goals and 28 assists, including two goals in the last five games.
The Chicago Blackhawks have been one of the league’s best, most consistent teams this season.
The Blackhawks have been great on both offense and defense throughout the season, and the team is in the top 10 in both goals scored and goals against.
The Hawks rank 6th in the league in goals, averaging 3.04 per game. The team ranks 10th in the league in goals against, giving up just 2.57 per game.
Starting goaltender Corey Crawford is having a wonderful season. Crawford has a 31-16-3 record with a 2.53 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. Meanwhile, backup Scott Darling has played great as well. He is 18-5-4 with a 2.32 goals against average.
Offensively, Chicago has six players with 20 or more goals, including Patrick Kane who leads the team in goals and points.
He has 34 goals and 50 assists including two goals and three assists over his last five games.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Columbus is 6-2 SU in the last eight games
- The Total has gone OVER in three of Chicago’s last five games
Free Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks NHL Hockey Prediction:
This will be a matchup of two of the best teams in hockey, both poised for deep playoff runs this April. Columbus has the advantage in goal, but Chicago’s forwards are some of the best in the league.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick:
I like this to be a tight game with Chicago winning by a goal.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Columbus 2 – Chicago 3
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