Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks - 2/11/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks - 2/11/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (6-4-4) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (6-5-3)

Game Info: Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +100 / Columbus Blue Jackets -120 --- 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 Thursday night.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to build on a 3-2 win over Carolina in their last matchup. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 11 points with 4 goals along with 7 assists while Alex Texier has 8 points with 4 goals and 4 helpers. Jack Roslovic and Nick Foligno each have 7 points with Roslovic logging 5 assists while Foligno has 4 goals and 3 helpers. Five more Blue Jackets have 6 points apiece,  with Patrik Laine logging 5 goals while Boone Jenner and Cam Atkinson each having 3 goals with 3 assists. Eric Robinson has 2 goals and 4 assists and Seth Jones has 5 assists for the Blue Jackets this season. Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins each have split the goaltending duties for Columbus, with Korpisalo logging 4 wins with a 3.14 GAA while Merzlikins has a 2.76 GAA and a pair of victories this season.

The Chicago Blackhawks will look to build on their three-game winning streak after a 2-1 win over Dallas last time out. Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks in scoring with 17 points including 6 goals and 11 assists while Alex DeBrincat and Dominik Kubalikeach have 12 points with DeBrincat logging 6 goals and 6 helpers and Kubalik chipping in 9 assists. Mattias Janmark has 9 points with 5 goals and 4 assists and Dylan Strome and Pius Suter each have 8 points on the year. Kevin Lankinen leads the charge in goal for Chicago, going 5-2 with a 2.17 GAA for the Blackhawks this season.

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Columbus is 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 1-8 in their last 9 games following a win while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record. Chicago is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 11-4 in their last 15 home games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games as a home favorite. Columbus is 7-20 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.

I’ve taken a long hard look at this game and thinking about it, I think we’ve got an under brewing in this one. The Blue Jackets like to play a physical, lower-scoring style of hockey to begin with and the Chicago Blackhawks seem to have found something with Kevin Lankinen in net as he appears to be the goaltender of the future for the team. I just think we’re staying under 5.5 no matter who wins this game, so give me the under in this spot.

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