Columbus vs Chicago: prediction for the NHL game
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus broke their three-game losing streak and defeated New Jersey at home (4:3). The Blue Jackets' forward Bjorkstrand scored two goals against the Devils.
Before that, the Blue Jackets had to host more difficult opponents, such as Tampa and Carolina. Columbus suffered two crushing defeats in those games (2:7 and 4:7, respectively). In both matches, the defensive line allowed the opponents to create too many scoring chances.
Chicago endured a six-game losing streak. The Blackhawks managed to put up a fight against Dallas and Colorado, but in both cases yielded in overtime.
But in the last outing, the Hawks recorded a victory over Vegas (2:1). Chicago's goalie Fleury had a fantastic game and made 30 saves.
In 4 of the last 5 head-to-head games, the teams scored in each period.
In 4 out of 6 games between the two clubs, Columbus scored first.
Neither side is in perfect form, but Columbus will be playing at home, so they have a better chance of winning the upcoming game.
Our prediction - handicap (0) to Columbus
Both Columbus and Chicago often experience problems on the defensive and concede a lot, thus we are predicting a high-scoring game here.
Second wager - total over 5.5 goals