Vancouver Canucks vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 1/29/14
Chicago Blackhawks (32-10-12) at Vancouver Canucks (27-18-9)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -105 / Chicago Blackhawks -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN, WGN
The Vancouver Canucks host the Chicago Blackhawks in a Western Conference dual on Wednesday night in the NHL.
The Chicago Blackhawks have not played their best hockey recently. After Tuesday night’s 5-4 overtime loss in Calgary, the Blackhawks have now dropped four consecutive games. The loss to the Flames was a game that Chicago battled to pull even three separate times, but could not manage to get the go-ahead goal at any point during the game. During the current four game losing streak, the Hawks have outshot their opponent in each game, which likely means that the offense is just having trouble finishing at the moment. Chicago remains the top scoring team in the NHL, averaging 3.4 goals per game.
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The Vancouver Canucks cannot seem to find consistency. The Canucks enter Wednesday’s game off of a home loss to the lowly Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. The Canucks trailed 2-1 after the first, but managed to tie the game at two in the second period. The Oilers would take a 3-2 lead early in the third on a goal by Jesse Joensuu, but the Canucks could not recover despite outshooting the Oilers 27-10 in the 4-2 loss. Vancouver is still missing coach John Tortorella, who is serving a 15-day suspension. Without Tort the Canucks are 1-2-1.
The home team in this series is 5-2 in the last seven meetings. Another trend favoring the Canucks is the Blackhawks are winless in the last five games on the road against a team with a winning home record, which Vancouver qualifies with a home mark of 14-8-5. Moreover, the Hawks are just 1-6 in the last seven road games overall. However, the Canucks are a mere 1-6 in the last seven games against a team with a winning record. As mentioned, Vancouver will also be without John Tortorella, but the Canucks could again be without leading scorer Henrik Sedin, who is questionable for Wednesday’s game.
This game is tough to pick a side, but I find it extremely difficult to see the Chicago Blackhawks losing a fifth straight game, even being that it would come in the second of a back-to-back on the road. I think this game is better left alone, but if I had to make a play I think it would be on the hawks.