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NHL Game Preview - Blue Jackets underdogs vs Blackhawks at Columbus

Chicago BlackhawksColumbus Blue Jackets
March 14, 7:00 PM | Nationwide Arena

Chicago Blackhawks vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds

21-2-3TEAM RECORD10-12-5

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Chicago Blackhawks invade Nationwide Arena on Thursday.

This season the Blue Jackets are 10-12-5 overall while the Blackhawks are 21-2-3. As for the totals, Columbus is 10-16-1 on the OU, and Chicago is 9-16-1.

View Chicago vs Columbus Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 148 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Blue Jackets, most recently No. 25 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Blackhawks, who rate a No. 1 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Columbus' No. 29-ranked offense (2.3 goals per game) against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.2 goals per game allowed. The Blue Jackets powerplay has clicked at a 13% rate while the Blackhawks have a 84.4% rate on the penalty kill.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 6-5 loser as they battled the Oilers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Oilers at +185 were rewarded, while the 11 goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Columbus was a 2-1 loser in its last match at home against the Canucks. They lost as +125 underdogs, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Edmonton are 6-4
After playing Edmonton are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Columbus Blue Jackets Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Phoenix are 4-6
After playing Vancouver are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

A few Blackhawks at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Columbus
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Columbus
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Chicago's last 10 games when playing on the road against Columbus
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Columbus' last 10 games when playing at home against Chicago
Columbus is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Columbus' last 6 games
Columbus is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Chicago at Dallas, Saturday, March 16
Columbus home to Phoenix, Saturday, March 16