As two of my three picks dropped the last of which again came in frustrating fashion, I couldnt regain my momentum from a 2-0 Wednesday night.
The night got off to a nice beginning because the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins moved back-and-forth before the match needed a shootout with the two clubs knotted at threes after overtime. The Lighting acquired a Steven Stamkos goal late because we struck on the Lighting at nice +100 chances in this 28, while Andrei Vasilevskiy stood tall.
On the other hand, the night went downhill from that point. After once again becoming the first goal of the game, the Winnipeg Jets will permit the next three markers and proceeded to lose their third consecutive home game. The offense isnt clicking at this time and it bit me on two of the last 3 nights.
Ultimately, my last choice of the night between Coyotes and the Predators lost as the total went thanks — you guessed it — a empty-netter. We sat with a push into the third period however a Carl Soderberg empty-netter secured our destiny and gave us our second night that was losing throughout the last three.
Its been a back-and-forth week to this point, but let us go into the weekend on a high note at a matchup between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks from the United Center in Chicago.
Season Record: 6-7
*Odds courtesy of Bovada
Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks Betting Odds:
Blue Jackets (+120)
Over 6.5 (-105)
Under 6.5 (-115)
Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks NHL Select
Its a rare meeting in the Windy City tonight because Blue Jackets butt and the Blackhawks heads in the United Center.
Columbus enters this one riding high after winning consecutive games that are 3-2 over the Hurricanes and Stars, a mini win streak after falling three of the first four matches of the season. John Tortorellas group has to prove after losing Matt Duchene, Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky along with Ryan Dzingel to free agency in the offseason. Of late, theyve been much better.
Scoring goals remains an issue, however. The Blue Jackets passes this one tonight tied for 28th with only 2.33 goals per game on the season and while they have been better against a few weaker offenses within the previous few matches, they have still permitted 3.33 goals per match on the rear end. Goaltending has been a problem so far following GM Jarmo Kekalainen decided against upgrading the situation after the passing of Bobrovsky, rather handing the keys. It seems the start of tonight will really go, while Korpisalo has been much better of late.
Needless to say, said start didnt go well. Merzlikins has been torched from the Pittsburgh Penguins great to an .825 Svpercent within his NHL debut. We do know he put in some wonderful work from the league for a few months prior to taking his talents while we dont know about Merzlikins from an NHL perspective. Merzlikins submitted a good .921 Sv% in Switzerland in each of the last two seasons , nevertheless he found out that the NHL is an entirely new ball game.
Merzlikins will be faced with keep what is a gifted Chicago Blackhawks crime at bay within this one. They have not completely hit their stride this season as they sit with a three goals per match regardless of the spike in October scoring remember that this was the league offense from a year ago. The quarter of Dylan Strome, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat ought to find the Blackhawks back to the top 10 this year while Erik Gustafsson is the sudden one of the very profitable defensemen in the league from an offensive standpoint.
On the rear end, the Blackhawks are adequate when allowing 3.25 goals per game, a number that puts them right in the middle of the league. But its been their penalty kill that has hurt them the most as they rank 30th having an awful 61.5% mark on the PK, nevertheless for tonight the fantastic thing is that the Blue Jackets power play has scuffled a little bit with a 16.7% roster, great for a share of 23rd alongside the Vancouver Canucks.
In four games played this year, the Blackhawks have allowed only six even-strength goals against. Their blueline was upgraded in the Hurricanes with the trade acquisitions of Olli Maatta from Calvin de Haan and the Penguins from the offseason from a defensive perspective. The expectation is that the Blackhawks can be improved in their 30th-ranked defense from a year past.
They also upgraded their situation in the offseason with Robin Lehner who is coming from a Vezina-nominated season with the New York Islanders. Lehner has made only 1 start this season, but may really get beginning number two against those Blue Jackets. Lehner let three goals on 33 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss. Lehner has been a really good goaltender throughout his NHL profession as he possesses a .918 Svpercent for his career and has been at .920 or better in three of their last four seasons. He just was not playing for winning teams while with the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres. For me, theres hardly any doubt about who has the goaltending benefit in this one.
All told, I am about the Blackhawks tonight. They snapped an losing streak using a rock-solid 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers that were white-hot . They outshot the Oilers 35-28 in that one. I like the looks of the offense and I can not help but believe that they have a huge chance tonight after being torched in his only appearance this year, with no goaltender who cant be playing confidence. I guess they are easily able to eclipse that mark, although they have scored three or more goals in each match this year.
The Blue Jackets are better recently, particularly but defending the Blackhawks can be a difficult job and I feel the Blackhawks crime is about to split out. That wont be great news for Elvias Merzlikins and Co. as Im taking the Blackhawks to win that one around the moneyline tonight.
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