Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jan 29, 2021

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Patrick Kane played over 27 minutes against the Predators on Wednesday and leads Chicago with seven points (3G, 4A) in eight games.

Columbus
18-26-9-3
AT
January 29, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
United Center
Chicago
24-25-5-2
Puckline -1.5 +192
Moneyline -120
Over / Under o +5.5

56%

Betting Action

44%

Puckline +1.5 -231
Moneyline +100
Over / Under u +5.5

56%

Betting Action

44%

In the NHL’s lone Friday night game, the Columbus Blue Jackets will be looking to keep their momentum going when they head Chicago to face an injury-plagued Blackhawks team.

Columbus is a -125 favourite to win on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5 goals.

Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks Betting Analysis

These teams needed extra time in both of their meetings, last season.  Patrick Kane set up Jonathan Toews for the OT winner in the Blackhawks 3-2 win in Chicago, before the Hawks downed the Blue Jackets 3-2 in Columbus.

The Blue Jackets have struggled against the Hawks over the last few years.  Columbus has dropped 10 of their last 12 games in Chicago and only picked up two wins in their last seven games against the Blackhawks overall.  The Blue Jackets have only covered the spread twice this year (neither time was on the road) and they have hit the Over in three of their eight games.

Chicago only has two wins on the year, but they both came in their only two home games of the season, so far.  The Hawks have only hit the Over once in their last five games against Columbus, but have split it 4-4, this season.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Although Patrik Laine is still having issues with his work visa and can’t travel to Columbus yet, the Blue Jackets seem like they’ve found a new spark and have picked up three out of a possible four points since the Laine-Pierre-Luc Dubois trade. Columbus is playing for the second straight night, after a Thursday night shootout win over the Florida Panthers. Max Domi and Mikko Koivu picked up the regulation goals against the Panthers, while Alexandre Texier had the lone shootout goal and Elvis Merzlikins made 33 saves in regulation, while also stopping all four shooters he faced in the shootout.

Although quiet in his first game, the other piece of the Laine-Dubois trade, Jack Roslovic, should provide some much needed depth scoring for the Blue Jackets. He doesn’t have the elite sniping potential Laine does, but Roslovic is a 20-goal scorer who should get a lot more offensive opportunities in Columbus. Any team coming off the type of bitter breakup Columbus and Dubois had is a dangerous team. There’s new life in the room and although no one on the Blue Jackets would likely admit it publicly, most of the players are probably trying to prove they can win and be a better team without Dubois.

Chicago Blackhawks

Coming into Columbus off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators on Wednesday, it’s been a disappointing season for the injury-riddled Blackhawks. Patrick Kane played over 27 minutes against the Predators and leads Chicago with seven points (3G, 4A) in eight games. The Hawks are 20th in goals scored, averaging 2.75 per game, but have received some unexpected contributions from rookies over the last few games. Former Swiss League MVP Pius Suter picked up a hat trick in Chicago’s 6-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, while Kevin Lankinen has given the Hawks a chance to win in all four of his starts in net. Lankinen is 2-0-2 with a 2.18 goals against average and .931 save percentage.

Chicago was feeling the injury bug before the season even started with Kirby Dach (fractured wrist), Jonathan Toews (illness), Alex Nylander (knee) and Brent Seabrook (back) all yet to play a game and sitting on the long-term injury/illness list with no timetable to return. The Hawks also learned this week, that Lucas Wallmark, Alex DeBrincat and Adam Boqvist are all on the COVID-19 list and ruled out at least for the next couple of games.

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