Preview: Chicago at Columbus

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Saturday, December 20, 2014
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Matchup Edge
CHI Edge in: CLB
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending



Two of the league's hottest clubs will square off when the resurgent Columbus Blue Jackets host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. Columbus has turned its season around after closing November with six consecutive defeats, winning its first seven in December before dropping a 5-4 overtime decision to Washington on Thursday. It marked the fifth straight contest and sixth time in seven games that the Blue Jackets went past regulation.

The Blackhawks had an eight-game winning streak halted at the New York Islanders last Saturday but rebounded with back-to-back wins to improve to 13-2-0 over the past 15 contests. Much of the recent success has come without starting netminder Corey Crawford, who has been sidelined for eight games due to a lower-body injury but will return this weekend against either Columbus or Toronto. Chicago has owned the Blue Jackets, winning 13 in a row overall and seven straight at Columbus.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, WGN (Chicago), FSN Ohio (Columbus)

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (22-9-1): Think Chicago and offense comes to mind with such highly skilled players as Patrick Kane, captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp, but the team is also becoming a juggernaut against opposing power plays. The Blackhawks feature the league's top-ranked penalty kill with a success rate of 91.2 percent, permitting only eight goals in 91 chances for the season. "The guys who are on it have great pride in doing a good job," defenseman Brent Seabrook said. "Power plays for and against can change the momentum in a game. 

ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (13-15-3): Nick Foligno continued his torrid stretch with a pair of goals versus Washington to give him five tallies in the past four games and boost his team-high total to 16. Foligno is closing in on his career-high total of 18, set last season in 70 games with Columbus, and it comes at an opportune time with free agency looming. “He’s been skating and working,” coach Todd Richards said. "He’s big and strong enough to fend guys off, and he’s got good puck skills where he is able to make plays and beat you.”

OVERTIME

1. Despite Chicago's dominance in the series, five of the past six meetings have been decided by one goal.

2. Blue Jackets G Sergei Bobrovsky is 1-2-1 with 10 goals allowed in four starts versus Chicago.

3. The Blackhawks have killed off 31-of-33 short-handed situations over the past 13 games. 

PREDICTION: Blackhawks 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT)

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Chicago 22-9-1-0 W2 11-3-1-0 11-6-0-0 1-0-0-0 21-9-1-0 7-3-0-0
Columbus 13-15-2-1 L1 6-8-1-1 7-7-1-0 0-1-0-0 13-14-2-1 5-4-2-0

Last Meeting

Chicago Columbus
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/4/14 CHI 4 CLB 3 38 24 1-2 27 34 1-3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
CHI D. Keith 3
CLB A. Anisimov 1
Goals Player  
CHI M. Hossa 1
CLB A. Anisimov 1
Assists Player  
CHI D. Keith 3
CLB C. Atkinson 1
Saves Player  
CHI A. Raanta 24
CLB S. Bobrovsky 34
Season
Total Points Player  
CHI P. Kane 32
CLB N. Foligno 30
Goals Player  
CHI P. Kane 15
CLB N. Foligno 16
Assists Player  
CHI P. Kane 17
CLB R. Johansen 19
Saves Player  
CHI C. Crawford 442
CLB S. Bobrovsky 663

Quickchart Matchup

Chicago Off vs  Columbus Def
3 GF
3.19 GA
35 Shots
33.6 Shots
22 PP
24 PK
Columbus Off vs  Chicago Def
2.35 GF
2 GA
27.9 Shots
28.9 Shots
27 PP
8 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 137 -152
122
5.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports 140 -160
115
5.5
Sportsbook 140 -160
115
5.5
5Dimes.eu 145 -155
120
5.5
GTBets.eu OFF OFF OFF
Top Bet
145
-165
115
5.5
BetOnline.ag 139
-154
120
5.5
BetDSI 140 -165
110
5.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDNA.com 135 -165
111
5.5
Belmont 140 -160
115
5.5
BookMaker.eu 140 -165
110
5.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate OFF OFF OFF
Mirage OFF OFF OFF
Station OFF OFF OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Chicago Overall Columbus
22-9-1-0 W/L 13-15-2-1
12-20 ATS 16-15
8-17 O/U 15-15
3.00 Goals For 2.35
2.00 Goals Agnst 3.19
Chicago A/H Columbus
11-6-0-0 W/L 6-8-1-1
6-11 ATS 5-11
3-8 O/U 9-6
3.00 Goals For 2.38
2.29 Goals Agnst 3.56