NHL Action returns following All-Star Break
The Pick: Chicago -125 over Columbus
As we start the second half of the NHL season the defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks would qualify for the playoffs by a mere point. Chicago lost it's last two games before the break after winning six of their previous eight games. It appeared that the Hawks were getting back on track but had difficulty with the Flyers and Wild at home. They now embark on a six game road trip beginning with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Chicago has beaten Columbus in two of the three meetings thus far this season and in their wins have won by three goals. Columbus continues to be led by Rick Nash, and is barely in the playoff picture with only 51 points in the ultra competitive Western Conference. This pick is based on the fact that Chicago is the better team, and that they should be feeling some heat that they could miss the playoffs.