The NHL is set up with an action packed slate of games throughout April 10. Ten games are up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these matchups will be between the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets. These two teams have struggled a bit this season and will look for a much needed win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time on NHL Network.
The Blackhawks have started out this season with a record of 18-18-5, which has them sitting in fifth place of the Central Division. Chicago is coming off a loss in their last game and have lost three of their last four. The Blackhawks are four points of the last playoff spot and will look to close that gap with a much needed win on Saturday.
Columbus has earned a record of 15-19-8 to this point in the season, which has them in seventh place of the Central Division. The Blue Jackets are seven points out of the fourth seed and can still make a run with a winning streak down the stretch. Columbus lost their last game and have lost eight of their last ten. The Blue Jackets will look to bounce back in this one.
These two teams have struggled throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Chicago is much closer to a playoff spot, but the Blue Jackets can still make a run if they can get going early in this one. Columbus has hit a wall as of late and they need to find a way to get going soon. The Blackhawks also need to turn it around before it is too late.
The Blackhawks and the Blue Jackets have met up six times throughout this season series. Chicago hosted the first two games on January 29 and 31. Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and an assist on the night in the first game as Columbus won 2-1. Philipp Kurashev and Mattias Janmark both had two assists on the night as Chicago bounced back with a 3-1 win at home.
The third and fourth game of the season series stayed in Chicago on February 11 and 13. Cam Atkinson had a goal and three assists in the third game to lead the Blue Jackets to a 6-5 win on the road. Patrick Kane had two assists in the fourth game. Kevin Lankinen stopped 29 of 31 shots as the Blackhawks were able to earn a 3-2 win in overtime.
Columbus hosted the fifth and sixth game of the season series on February 23. Patrick Kane had a goal and three assists on the night as the Blackhawks earned a 6-5 win in the shootout. Malcolm Subban stopped all 26 shots he faced in the sixth game as Chicago was able to earn a 2-0 win on the road to go up 4-2 in the season series.
These two teams have met up a lot throughout this season. The Blackhawks have won four of the six games throughout the season series and will look to keep it up in this one. Columbus has not been great as of late, but they need to win games like this one if they want to get back in the playoff race. The Blue Jackets will look to have a stronger start in this one as they try to grab a win at home.
Chicago has been strong on the power play throughout this season. The Blackhawks have capitalized on 31 of their 126 power play opportunities, which is a 24.6 percent success rate. Chicago has not been nearly as good on the penalty kill. The Blackhawks have given up 31 power play goals on 115 penalties against, which is a 73 percent penalty kill.
The Blue Jackets have not found much success on both sides of special teams this season. Columbus has scored on 14 of their 99 power play chances, which is a 14.1 percent power play. The Blue Jackets have killed off 78 of their opponents 100 power play attempts, which is a 78 percent kill rate. Columbus will look to step up on both sides of special teams in this one.
These two teams have struggled a big on the penalty kill this season. Columbus has been much better on the penalty kill, while the Blackhawks have been stronger on the power play. The Blue Jackets will have a chance to get going on the power play though with Chicago’s penalty kill struggling. If the Blackhawks take over on special teams though, it could be enough for the win.
I expect Kevin Lankinen to get the start between the pipes for Chicago in this one. Lankinen has started in 29 games this season, going 14-11-4 throughout those starts. He has posted a .916 save percentage and a GAA of 2.77. Lankinen finished with 29 saves on 34 shots in his last start against the Dallas Stars, which was not enough for the win.
Joonas Korpisalo will likely get the nod in the crease for the Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Korpisalo has earned a record of 9-11-6 throughout his starts this season. He has put up a save percentage of .899 and a 3.10 GAA through his games played. Korpisalo’s last start was against the Tampa Bay Lightning where he stopped 3 of 6 shots before getting pulled in the loss.
The Blackhawks have the edge in the net with Kevin Lankinen getting the start. Both goalies are coming off tough performances in their last outing. Lankinen’s stats have been a bit better throughout this season. Columbus will look to give Korpisalo some more help early in this one as they try to bounce back after a tough loss to the Lightning.
Columbus and Chicago are outside of the playoff picture right now, but they are both still in the race. The Blue Jackets are a bit further down in the standings, but could earn a big four point swing in this one. The Blackhawks were able to win the first two games against Columbus on the road and will look to keep up that success on the road in this one.
BetOnline has Chicago listed as a -107 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Blackhawks will win this game around 51.7 percent of the time. I think that this line makes sense with Chicago higher up in the standings. I think that the Blue Jackets will bounce back at home in this one though and as slight underdogs, I really like the value on Columbus.