NHL Betting Guide for January 29th
It was a chalky kind of Thursday night with 10 of the 13 favorites winning. The low scoring trend also continued with unders going 8-4-1, bringing the weekly total to 17-11-1.
Time to dig into the only game on the NHL schedule!
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Spread, Moneyline, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: Blackhawks +108, Blue Jackets -126
Spread: Blackhawks +1.5 (-255), Blue Jackets -1.5 (+210)
Total: O5.5 -110
Odds to Win Stanley Cup: Blackhawks +7000| Blue Jackets +3500
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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets News, Analysis, and Picks
The road-weary Columbus Blue Jackets travel to take on the Chicago Blackhawks on the second night 0f a back-to-back. A few trends are working against the Blue Jackets in this one.
Columbus has played four games on the road this season, going 1-2-1. What’s more, concerning is that they have had 15 or fewer scoring chances and 5 of fewer high-danger chances at five-on-five in three of those four games. Possession metrics are equally concerning, as they were out-possessed in three of four. These four games came against the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators, who aren’t exactly the cream of the NHL Central Division’s cream.
The other factor worth considering, the Blue Jackets have lost five straight games on the second night of a back-to-back, with two of those games requiring overtime or a shootout.
The Blackhawks have fared much better with Kevin Lankinen between the pipes. At five-on-five, the Hawks have a 48.9% Corsi rating, 52.6% shots ratio, 46.9% scoring chance ratio, and 49.3% high-danger ratio. Those may not inspire a ton of confidence. Still, when you compare them to 43.7%, Corsi, 44.0% shots ratio, 43.2% scoring chance ratio, and 39.5% high-danger chance ratio with Malcolm Subban in net, it’s easy to recognize that the team plays differently with Lankinen in net.
Chicago also has a little momentum on their side. Although they’ve dropped three of their last five, all three games went to overtime, meaning they have points in five straight games.
This will be the Jackets’ third game in four nights, with both games before this requiring shootouts. That condensed schedule plus travel means they might come out a little flat against the Hawks. I expect the Hawks to establish a lead early and don’t expect them to look back. Hawks 1st period moneyline (+205) and moneyline (+108) is where my money will be puck-drop.