Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Preview
11 January 2022
The Columbus Blue Jackets have a forecast 75% chance to win against The Chicago Blackhawks with a spread of -1.0/1.0 and an over/under of 6.0. The Columbus Blue Jackets are 0 - 0 against The Chicago Blackhawks in the 2021-21 NHL Season.— Tuesday, January 11th Chicago Blackhawks @ Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night for some action in the National Hockey League. Both teams have not played up to preseason expectations this season, and time is running out to turn things around.
Chicago is in 7th place in the Central Division, and they have managed just 29 points on the year. The Blackhawks were able to snap a long losing streak with a win over Vegas on Saturday night.
Columbus has only been slightly better than Chicago this season as they have 33 total points on the year. The Blue Jackets are in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division, but they are trying to chase some terrific teams.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are the moneyline betting favorites at -112.
Chicago Must Find Some Offense
If the Blackhawks are going to find a way to turn their season around, then they have to be more productive on the offensive end of the ice. Chicago is scoring just 2.29 goals per game this season, and they have struggled since beginning the new year.
Patrick Kane leads the team with 31 points on the year, but he has not been as explosive as in recent years. Alex DeBrincat has a team-high 21 goals on the year, but he is going to need some help on that side of the ice.
Marc-Andre Fleury is allowing less than three goals per game for Chicago, and he will need to be dominant to help the Blackhawks win this game.
Columbus Can’t Get Stops
The Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.55 goals against per game, and they have actually been much worse than that of late. Columbus recently gave up seven goals in back-to-back games, and that is going to be a problem against the Blackhawks.
Columbus is dealing with an injury to goaltender Elviz Merzlikins, and it will likely be Joonas Korpisalo that makes the start in the blue paint for the Blue Jackets. This team is killing off less than 75 percent of their penalties, and they don’t always give their goaltenders much help.
The Blue Jackets are scoring 3.12 goals per game, and that could give them a slight edge in this one. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the team with 25 total points, but he will have the full attention of the Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Blackhawks Beat Up on Blue Jackets
Both of these teams have really struggled in 2021-22, and that should actually make for a pretty interesting matchup. Columbus is the much better offensive team, but the Blackhawks have a roster that is loaded with talented offensive players.
Chicago just picked up an impressive win over the Golden Knights in Vegas, and that should give them plenty of momentum in this matchup. Columbus has just given up too many goals of late, and that is going to come back to bite them on Tuesday night.
Home-ice advantage doesn’t always mean much in the NHL, and Chicago won’t have any trouble on Tuesday night. Bet the Chicago Blackhawks -2.5 as the visitors put together a terrific offensive performance to win this game.
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