Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 2/5/14
Chicago Blackhawks (34-10-14) at Anaheim Ducks (40-13-5)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -110 / Chicago Blackhawks +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, FS-W
The two best teams in the NHL in terms of points will go to battle on Wednesday night as the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.
Chicago enters Anaheim to play its fifth straight road game, third straight against the tough Pacific Division. The Hawks have just two wins in the last seven games, six of which have been played on the road. In the most recent game, Chicago netted five against a difficult Los Angeles Kings defense in a 5-3 victory. The Blackhawks remain the top scoring team in the NHL at 3.4 goals per game on average.
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Similarly, the Anaheim Ducks pack a powerful punch on the offensive end of the ice. The Ducks rank third in the NHL in scoring, averaging 3.3 goals per game. The Ducks have dropped two straight and three of the last four games overall, once the hottest team in the NHL suddenly mired in a bit of a slump. In fact, the unprecedented home ice record to start the season has dissipated with three losses at the Honda Center in the last four games played.
This will be the third installment of the Ducks and Hawks this season. The first two games were split one game per side, and the Hawks win in January ended the Ducks run, the NHL’s most impressive streak of the season. However, the Hawks are just 1-5 in the last six meetings and 5-16-2 in the last 23 games in Anaheim. Chicago is 0-4 in the last four road games against teams with a home winning percentage of over .600. Obviously, Anaheim has been nearly untouchable at home this season. The Ducks are 4-0 in the last four at home against teams with a winning record. I see this game as a coin flip, but if I had to pick a side I would lean to the home team. The Blackhawks have been on the road for over a week and I anticipate that Anaheim will look to get back on track at home.