The Chicago Blackhawks (5-11-0) travel to face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets (4-11-4) on Wednesday, November 22nd. This game will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus and televised on NBCS. Both the Blackhawks and Blue Jackets will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Chicago Blackhawks vs Columbus Blue Jackets
The Chicago Blackhawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
So far this season, the Blackhawks have an overall record of 5-11-0. On the road, Chicago is 4-6-0 and 1-5-0 at home. Their current record places them 8th in the Western Central division and 15th in the Western conference. Looking at Chicago’s average scoring margin, it is -1.0, which has led to a puck line record of 4-12. When playing at home, their scoring margin is -1.2, and on the road, it is -0.9.
The Blackhawks aim to bounce back following their 3-2 loss at home to the Sabres. The Blackhawks couldn’t find the net offensively in the first or third periods against the Sabres, but they did score two times in the second period. In the game, Chicago managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 26 shots on goal and committed 11 turnovers.
Entering the game as the underdog, Chicago not only suffered a straight-up loss but also failed to cover the puck line. With a combined total of 5 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.5.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their 19 games, the Blue Jackets have a 4-11-4 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 3-6-1 record, and their record on the road is 1-5-3. This record has them sitting 8th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 16th in the Eastern conference. Looking at Columbus’ average scoring margin, it is -1.0, which has led to a puck line record of 3-16. When playing at home, their scoring margin is -0.9, and on the road, it is -1.1.
Coming off a 5-2 loss on the road to the Flyers, the Blue Jackets are hoping to bounce back today. Offensively, the Blue Jackets scored one goal in the first period and one time in the second period. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 22 shots on goal and had 8 turnovers.
Entering the game as the underdog, Columbus not only suffered a straight-up loss but also failed to cover the puck line. With a combined total of 7 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6.5 goals set for the game.
Chicago Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Blackhawks come in averaging 2.5 goals per game this season, which is 30th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 32nd in the league. This season, the Blackhawks are 1-1 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 4-8 record.
The Blackhawks come in with an over/under record of 6-9-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 10 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6 per game.
Columbus Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Blue Jackets are scoring an 2.7 goals per game this season, ranking 25th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 5th in the league. So far this year, the Blue Jackets are 1-4 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 3-7 in games with fewer shots on goal.
So far, the Blue Jackets have an over/under record of 11-8-0. Coming into the game, they have played 11 games that went beyond the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.4 goals per game.
Chicago Team Defense
Entering the game, the Blackhawks’ defense ranks 4th in takeaways, averaging 8.5 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 14th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.2 goals per game.
Columbus Team Defense
Entering the game, the Blue Jackets’ defense ranks 17th in takeaways, averaging 5.8 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 3rd in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.3 goals per game.
Blackhawks vs Blue Jackets Trends
- Chicago has a 1-2 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
- Columbus has a 0-5 record in their last five home games. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 4. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 4-1.
- Through their last five games as the betting underdog, the Blue Jackets have a strong record vs the puck line going 3-2. Their straight up mark in these contests is 0-5.
- Against the spread, the Blackhawks have put together of 2-3 in their last five games as the betting favorite. In these same games, they went 3-2 straight up.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Blue Jackets to secure a victory over the Blackhawks at home. With the moneyline currently set at -142, I’m locking in my bet on the Blue Jackets straight-up.
For my recommended choice in the puck line, I’m leaning towards the Blackhawks to cover. Even if the Blue Jackets secure a straight-up win, this game is expected to be tightly contested, and the Blackhawks should cover the puck line.
With an over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.
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