Blackhawks vs. Wild - 1/11/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (18-17-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (27-13-2)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks / Minnesota Wild --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, NBCSN
The Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks play Sunday night at the United Center.
The Minnesota Wild have lost four straight games and play their second road game of the month. The Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Minnesota Wild have three power play goals in their last five games and have split their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Jason Zucker leads Minnesota with 15 goals, Jason Pominville has 23 assists and Nino Niederreiter has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Darcy Kuemper has allowed 65 goals on 661 shots faced and Niklas Backstrom has given up 41 goals on 383 shots.
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The Chicago Blackhawks have split their last 10 games and play their third home game of the month. The Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Chicago Blackhawks have three power play goals in their last five games and are 24-0 this season when scoring at least three goals overall. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 20 goals, Jonathan Toews has 23 assists and Patrick Sharp has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blackhawks are allowing 2.2 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Antti Raanta has allowed 19 goals on 289 shots faced and Corey Crawford has given up 56 goals on 710 shots.
The Wild are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games. The Blackhawks are 11-3 in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 20-8 in their last 28 overall. The Wild are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings in Chicago and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings overall.
Not sure how anybody can back the Wild here when they've been flat out brutal against the Blackhawks in years past. With Chicago back at home, expect that trend to continue here.