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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks Preview, Tips, and Odds

The Columbus Blue Jackets will host the Chicago Blackhawks in an NHL battle on Saturday night. Both the Blue Jackets and Blackhawks are off to solid starts this season and look like potential playoff teams. The Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets are both two of the highest scoring teams in the NHL, and this game is likely to be a high-scoring contest.

Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks Odds

The Columbus Blue Jackets are the betting favorites to win this game over the Chicago Blackhawks. The moneyline for this game is Columbus -160, while the Blackhawks check in at +140. The over/under for total goals scored in this matchup is set at 6.0 goals.
Spread: Columbus Blue Jackets -160
Total: 6.0

Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks Head to Head

This is the first of two meetings between the Blue Jackets and Blackhawks this season. Last year the two teams split a pair of games with each team winning on their home ice. The Blue Jackets beat the Hawks 3-2 in Columbus, but the Blackhawks responded by pounding the Blue Jackets 5-1 in Chicago.

Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks Stats

The Columbus Blue Jackets are in the top-10 in the NHL in scoring this season, but they are also in the bottom-10 for goals allowed with both numbers at 3.7 per game. Former Blackhawks star Artemi Panarin leads the team with nine points and six assists this season. Top goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has struggled this season, posting a 4.04 goals against average.

The Chicago Blackhawks have a winning record this season, but they have given up more goals than they have scored. Jonathan Toews leads the team with ten points on five goals and five assists, while Alex DeBrincat leads the team with six goals. The Blackhawks can certainly score goals but have given up an average of 4.2 goals per game.

Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks News

The Columbus Blue Jackets are still without forward Brandon Dubinsky as he continues to be sidelined with an oblique injury. Dubinsky is expected to miss another 3-5 weeks and was placed on the injured reserve list earlier this month. The Blue Jackets are currently in third place in the Metropolitan Division, trailing the Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils.

The Chicago Blackhawks welcomed back goaltender Corey Crawford on Thursday night against the Arizona Coyotes. Crawford gave up three goals in the loss to Arizona, but the Blackhawks are a better team with him in net. The Stanley Cup-winning goalie has been sidelined for almost a year with concussion symptoms.

Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks Predictions

This hockey game should be incredibly high scoring, with both teams getting plenty of scoring chances. The Columbus Blue Jackets are one of the up and coming NHL teams, while the Blackhawks are trying to return to glory with an aging roster. Look for the Blue Jackets to take advantage of chances and win this game on Saturday night. Bet the Columbus Blue Jackets -160 over the Chicago Blackhawks.