Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks - 2/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks - 2/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by © Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (18-24-7) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (23-23-1)

Game Info: Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 8:30 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +100 / Columbus Blue Jackets +210 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Chicago Blackhawks in Thursday NHL Action

The Chicago Blackhawks come into this home contest with an overall record of 18-24-7. Through 49 games, the Blackhawks are 7th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 120 times, good for a rank of 29th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Chicago is the 24th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.31 goals per game. So far, the Blackhawks have a strength of schedule rating of 2nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 27th ranked team in the NHL.

The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Chicago Blackhawks with an overall record of 23-23-1. This mark places them 5th in the Metropolitan division. Through 47 games, the Blue Jackets have scored 149 goals, giving them an average of 3.11. This output gives them a rank of 14th among NHL teams. On defense, Columbus is the 27th ranked unit, giving up 3.66 goals per contest. So far, the Blue Jackets have played the 19th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Columbus's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 24th in the NHL.

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Through 49 games, the Chicago Blackhawks' leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 12 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 40. On the season, he is turning 18.7% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Blackhawks have benefited from the strong play of Patrick Kane, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Chicago's 49 games, he has come up with 12 goals on a shooting percentage of 7.2%. However, when on the ice, the Blackhawks are -15.0 in scoring differential. Chicago's top goalie is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is giving up an average of 2.88 goals per game. In his 36 games played, he has turned in 20 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 47 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets' goal and overall scoring leader is Boone Jenner, with 34 points. He has reached his mark of 19 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.8%. So far, 32.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 30 assists to go along with his 2 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -10 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.4 goals per game. In his 31 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 47% percent of the time.

Coming into this game, the Blackhawks have an over-under record of 20-23-5. So far, 53.0% of Chicago's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 40.0% of the scoring coming from the Blackhawks. In Columbus's 47 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 30-14-3. On the season, 70.0% of Columbus's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Blue Jackets. Look for this matchup to finish over the line of 5.5 goals.

 

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