Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks NHL Pick – October 18th

I could not recover my momentum from a 2-0 Wednesday night since I dropped two of my three picks the last of which arrived from fashion.
Ahead of the match had a shootout with the two clubs knotted in three’s afterwards overtime because Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning went back-and-forth the night really got off to a start. The Lighting got a Steven Stamkos goal late while Andrei Vasilevskiy stood tall because we struck on the Lighting at +100 odds that were nice in this one.
The night went downhill from there. After once more becoming the first objective of the match, the next 3 markers would be allowed by the Winnipeg Jets and went on to lose their third consecutive home game. The offense isn’t clicking and it bit me on two of the three nights.
Finally, my final choice of the night between Coyotes and the Predators dropped because the total went thanks to — you guessed it — a empty-netter. We sat with a push late into the third stage but our destiny was sealed by a Carl Soderberg empty-netter and gave us second losing night during the previous three.
It’s been a back-and-forth week for this point, but let us go into the weekend on a high note in Chicago Blackhawks in the United Center in Chicago and a matchup between the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Season Record: 6-7
Units: -1.85
*Odds courtesy of Bovada
Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks Betting Odds:
Blue Jackets (+120)
Blackhawks (-140)
More than 6.5 (-105)
Under 6.5 (-115)
Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks NHL Choose
It is a rare meeting in the Windy City tonight as Blue Jackets ass and also the Blackhawks heads out of the United Center.
Columbus enters this one riding high after winning successive games that are 3-2 over the Hurricanes and Stars, a much-needed mini win streak after dropping three of the first four games of the year. John Tortorella’s team has to establish after losing Artemi Panarin Sergei Bobrovsky, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel to a free agency in the offseason. Naturally, they have been much better.
Scoring targets remains an issue. The Blue Jackets enters this 1 yelling tied for 28th with just 2.33 goals per game over the season and while they have been better against a couple of poorer offenses within the past three matches, they’ve still permitted 3.33 goals per match on the back end. Goaltending was an issue so much after GM Jarmo Kekalainen decided against upgrading the situation after Bobrovsky’s passing, rather handing the keys to Joonas Korpisalo. It seems the start of tonight will go while Korpisalo was better of late.
Obviously, said start didn’t go well. Merzlikins has been torched by the Pittsburgh Penguins to the tune of seven goals on 40 shots, so good to an .825 Svpercent in his NHL debut. While we don’t know much about Merzlikins in an NHL perspective, we do know he put in some work before taking his talents. Merzlikins submitted a good .921 Sv% in Switzerland in each of the previous two seasons , but he found out that the NHL is a whole new ball game.
Merzlikins will come face to face with keep what is a Chicago Blackhawks offense at bay within this one. Because they sit with an 3 goals per game despite the standard surge in October scoring, however remember this has been the league’s most eighth-ranked offense from a year ago, they have not completely hit their stride this season. The quarter of Dylan Strome, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat should find the Blackhawks back into the top 10 this year while Erik Gustafsson is the sudden one of their defensemen in the league by an offensive standpoint.
On the rear end, the Blackhawks are adequate while enabling 3.25 goals per match, a number that places them right in the middle of this league. But it has been in their penalty kill that has hurt them the most as they position 30th with an awful 61.5% mark on the PK, however for tonight the fantastic news is that the Blue Jackets’ power play has scuffled a little bit with a 16.7% clip, great for a share of 23rd along with the Vancouver Canucks.
In four games played this year, the Blackhawks have allowed only six even-strength targets against. Their blueline was updated from the offseason from a standpoint using the Individual trade imports of Olli Maatta from the Penguins and Calvin p Haan. The expectation is that the Blackhawks can be improved from their defense in the year past.
They upgraded their situation with Robin Lehner who is coming off a season using the New York Islanders in the offseason. Lehner has made just one start this year, but will get start number two. Lehner let three goals on 33 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Despite getting nearly all of his notoriety last season, Lehner has been a very good goaltender throughout his NHL profession as he owns a .918 Sv and continues to be at .920 or better in 3 of the four seasons. He wasn’t playing for winning teams while with the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres. To me, there’s hardly any doubt about who has the goaltending benefit in this one.
All told, I am on the Blackhawks tonight. An losing streak snapped using a rock-solid 3-1 win over the white-hot Edmonton Oilers, giving them their first loss of the year at the procedure. They outshot the in that individual as well. I like the appearance of this offense and that I can’t help but feel they have a major opportunity tonight after being torched in his only appearance this season, with no goaltender who can not be playing confidence. I guess they are easily able to eclipse that mark awarded the situation tonight, although they have scored three or more goals in every match this year.
The Blue Jackets are better especially on the rear end, but defending the Blackhawks at the United Center could be a difficult job and I feel the Blackhawks’ offense is about to split out. That will not be great news for Elvias Merzlikins and Co. as I’m taking the Blackhawks to win this one about the moneyline tonight.

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