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NHL betting line favors Blackhawks over Blue Jackets


Columbus Blue Jackets

Chicago Blackhawks
32-25-5 March 06, 2014, 08:00 PM | United Center 36-13-14



Columbus pays a visit to Chicago on Thursday, hoping to shut down the Blackhawks snipers in hockey action at United Center.

The Blue Jackets will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 32-25-5 this season, while the Blackhawks are 36-13-14. Columbus is 33-25-4 on the totals; Chicago is 33-30.

View Columbus Blue Jackets vs Chicago Blackhawks Odds and Stats.

If you're going with the Blackhawks in this one, they were listed as moneyline Favorite of -186 on most hockey betting menus early today for Thursday's contest. The over-under was at 5.5 earlier at BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 14 (Blackhawks) and the No. 2 (Blue Jackets) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

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In their last action, Columbus was a 4-2 winner at home against the Stars. Bettors on Columbus at -136 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

In their last action, Chicago was a 4-2 loser at home against the Avalanche. Bettors on Colorado at +149 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 3.41 goals per game, against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 16 at 2.77 goals allowed. The Blackhawks power play is averaging 21.5% while the Blue Jackets defense kills off 81.82% of their penalties.

Next up:
Columbus at Nashville, Saturday, March 8th
Chicago at Buffalo, Sunday, March 9th

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