Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Blackhawks are a -145 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Blue Jackets are a +125 underdog and the over-under is 5.5.
The two meetings were split last year by the two teams with the total going under both times.
Columbus shut out the Islanders 5-0 at home in its opener Friday night. Sergei Bobrovsky notched 29 saves in the spotless effort. Sonny Milano, Cam Atkinson, Ryan Murray, Zach Werenski, Pierre-Luc Duibos and Zach Dalpe scored the goals for the Blue Jackets. Artemi Panarin had three assists, while Alexander Wennberg added two assists.
Chicago cruised to a 10-1 victory at home over the Penguins Thursday night. Brandon Saad had a hat trick to lead the way, while Patrick Kane had a goal and three assists. Nick Schmaltz added two goals and an assist. Chris Crawford made 28 saves in the win.
We can guarantee this won't be another 10-1 game, but how impressive did Chicago look the other night? To make that kind of statement against the 2017 Stanley Cup champions says a lot. Columbus will provide a stiff taste, but with Chicago staying at home and the Blue Jackets playing on a back-to-back this seems like a no-brainer.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS -145