Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets - 4/10/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets - 4/10/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (15-19-8) vs Chicago Blackhawks (18-18-5)

Game Info: Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -108 / Chicago Blackhawks -102 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Saturday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.

The Chicago Blackhawks need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 24.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex DeBrincat leads Chicago with 20 goals, Patrick Kane has 37 assists and Dominik Kubalik has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 73 percent of their opponents power plays. Kevin Lankinen has given up 81 goals on 965 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has given up 32 goals on 329 shots.

The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 14.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 14 goals, Jack Roslovic has 19 assists and Cam Atkinson has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 80 goals on 795 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 46 goals on 533 shots.

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The Blackhawks are 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 22-45 in their last 67 overall. The under is 7-3-1 in Blackhawks last 11 overall. The under is 9-4 in Blue Jackets last 13 overall. The Blackhawks are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Columbus and 36-16 in the last 52 meetings. The road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The underdog is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

I'm not running to the window to back either of these teams, but I'm certainly not backing the Columbus Blue Jackets in the favorite role, even if the price is cheap. The Chicago Blackhawks have had success at times this season in the underdog role and they've won four of the six meetings this season against the Blue Jackets. The Columbus Blue Jackets have been horrible dating back to last season and they shouldn't be favored in any spot. Give me the Blackhawks and the slightly cheaper price.

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Randy’s Pick Chicago Blackhawks -102

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