After a massive day yesterday, there is only one game to wrap up the working week! Who will come out on top the Columbus Blue Jackets or the Chicago Blackhawks?
Find all of our free NHL picks for the scheduled game below.
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Chicago Blackhawks – 8:00 PM ET
Columbus is coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. They take on Florida again on Thursday night. This article was written prior to that contest. Columbus is 2-2-3, allowing 22 goals while scoring 18.
The team has been alternating between their two netminders, meaning that it will likely be Joonas Korpisalo in net on Friday. He has been the better of the two goaltenders, posting a 2.45 GAA and a .928 save percentage. Columbus is led in scoring by Alexandre Texier and Oliver Bjorkstrand, who each have six points. Texier is the team’s leading goal scorer with four.
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Chicago is off on Thursday, but were swept by the Nashville Predators, losing in overtime on Tuesday, 3-2, then losing in a shootout on Wednesday, 2-1. That moved the Blackhawks to 2-3-3. Both of these teams are tied for second place in the Central Division with seven points.
Goaltending had been a nightmare for the team early on, allowing 20 total goals through the first four contests, but they have allowed just eight in the last four games. Kevin Lankinen has lowered his GAA to 2.18 and increased his save percentage to .931. After allowing five goals in his opening start, he has allowed just four over the last three. Patrick Kane leads the team with seven points.
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of Bet365.