Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks - 1/31/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks - 1/31/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (2-4-3) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (4-2-3)

Game Info: Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 7:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks -110 / Columbus Blue Jackets -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in NHL action from the United Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to build on their 2-1 win over the Blackhawks last time out. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackers in scoring with 8 points including 3 goals and 5 assists while Alex Texier has 6 points with 4 goals and a pair of assists. Boone Jenner has 2 goals and 3 assists for his 5 points while Michael Del Zotto, Nick Foligno, Cam Atkinson and Eric Robinson each have 4 points for CBJ this season, with Foligno logging 3 goals while Robinson has 2 goals and 2 assists and Atkinson has 3 assists. Del Zotto is the only one of the 4 to have not found the back of the net so far this season. Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins each have a 2-2 record with Korpisalo logging a 2.17 GAA while Merzlikins has a 2.94 GAA this season.

The Chicago Blackhawks come into this one looking to bounce back and get revenge over the Blue Jackets here. Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks in scoring with 8 points coming on 3 goals and 5 assists while Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome and Dominik Kubalik each have 6 points with DeBrincat and Kubalik each having 2 goals and 4 assists while Strome has 3 goals and 3 assists this season. Connor Murphy and Duncan Keith each have 5 points with Keith logging 5 assists while Murphy has 2 goals and 3 helpers. Kevin Lankinen is the only Chicago goalie to get in the win column so far with a 2-2 record and a 2.16 GAA this season.

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Columbus is 1-6 in their last 7 games following a win and 22-10 in their last 32 games as a road favorite while the under is 11-2-1 in their last 14 road games. Chicago is 2-8 in their last 10 games overall and 9-3 in their last 12 home games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games as a home underdog. The favorite is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams.

I get why you could make a case for Chicago as a home dog, as the Blackhawks were showing signs of life with Kevin Lankinen in goal. However, the key word in that sentence is were showing signs of life. Then Chicago ran into a Columbus team that’s woken up and reminded the Blackhawks of who they have been so far this year and I think they show them again here. Give me Columbus on the money line here.

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Chris’s Pick Columbus -110

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