Chicago Blackhawks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Apr 11, 2021

Chicago is 5-2 against Columbus this season and with the Blue Jackets on a selling spree ahead of the trade deadline, the Blackhawks likely smell blood in the water.

Chicago
24-25-5-2
AT
April 12, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Nationwide Arena
Columbus
18-26-9-3
Puckline -1.5 +190
Moneyline -139
Over / Under o +5.5

76%

Betting Action

24%

Puckline +1.5 -229
Moneyline +116
Over / Under u +5.5

76%

Betting Action

24%

It’s a pair of teams battling for a playoff spot in the NHL’s Central Division as the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. Chicago opened as a slight favourite on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5 goals.

Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets Betting Analysis

As things stand, neither team would make the playoffs as the Blackhawks are fifth in the Central Division, although right on Nashville’s heels, and the Blue Jackets are seventh. In fact, Columbus may have waived the white flag Sunday when it traded captain Nick Foligno (in a three team trade that also included San Jose) to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2021 first-round pick and 2022 fourth-round pick. On Saturday, Columbus also shipped out David Savard for another first-round pick to Tampa Bay.

Chicago is 5-2 against Columbus this season and this is their final meeting. Patrick Kane, arguably the greatest American hockey player ever, leads the Blackhawks with 13 points (4G, 9A) in the season series and is plus-7. Rookie Kevin Lankinen, a Calder Trophy candidate, is 3-2-0 with a 3.16 goals-against average and .902 save percentage.

Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 10 points (4G, 6A) in the season series and is plus-2. Joonas Korpisalo is 2-1-2 with a 2.95 GAA and .899 SV, while Elvis Merzlikins 0-2-0 with a 3.63 GAA and .890 SV.

Chicago has won 20 of its past 27 trips to Columbus. The under is 5-2 in the previous seven there.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Hawks have alternated wins and losses over their past four games, winning 4-3 in Columbus on Saturday. Alex DeBrincat was the No. 1 star with a goal and assist. He leads the team with 21 goals and is second with 40 points. Carl Soderberg (seventh of season), Wyatt Kalynuk (first) and Dylan Strome (eighth) had the other goals. Kalynuk joined Ian Mitchell, Nicolas Beaudin and Brandon Hagel as Blackhawks rookies to score their first NHL goals against the Blue Jackets this year. Lankinen stopped 23 shots to improve to 15-11-4 with a 2.78 GAA and .915 SV. He has played several games in a row so it might be time for backup and Toronto native Malcolm Subban (4-5-1, 3.14 GAA) here. Chicago is 1-7 in its past eight after a win.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on Saturday behind goals from Michael Del Zotto (fourth of season) and Cam Atkinson (14th) before allowing four straight Chicago goals. Patrik Laine, acquired from Winnipeg earlier this season, added his 10th of the year with under a minute left and a Blue Jackets empty net. He had gone 14 games without a goal. The Blue Jackets were without forward Boone Jenner and defenceman Zach Werenski because of recent injuries. Elvis Merzlikins allowed four goals on 28 shots, but it should be Joonas Korpisalo here. The Finn is 9-11-6 with a 3.01 GAA and .899 SV. Columbus is 1-5 in its past six at home.

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