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Blackhawks visit Blue Jackets as Columbus Fights for a Playoff Spot

Blackhawks preparing for a deep playoff run

The Blackhawks have already secured a spot in the post-season, but do not want to let up on the ice with just a handful of regular-season games remaining. With 12 straight wins over Columbus, the Blackhawks have absolutely dominated this series. They grabbed a 6-1 win over Columbus earlier this season. Despite having 101 points, the Blackhawks are the fifth-seed right now due to the Western Conference being so strong this season.

Blue Jackets in desperate need of wins

Columbus shutout the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night, securing two more points, and moving closer to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets will need to keep winning if they want to hold onto their current Wild Card spot. They are just one-point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final spot. In order to keep their positioning, the Blue Jackets will need to win their first game against Chicago in 13 tries. We just do not see this happening on Friday night.

With just a few games left for teams in the NHL, the playoff picture is starting to become clear. The Blue Jackets cannot afford a loss right now, while the Blackhawks are trying to get hot at the right time. Oddsmakers from have the favorable line at -1.5 (+245) for the Blackhawks. We will drop 20 percent of our bankroll on Chicago to grab another win and move further up the Western Conference standings on Friday night.

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