Wild vs. Blackhawks - 2/21/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (38-18-5) at Minnesota Wild (26-22-10)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild +102 / Chicago Blackhawks -113 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild meet Sunday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power plays. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 34 goals, Artemi Panarin has 35 assists and Jonathan Toews has 136 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Corey Crawford has allowed 104 goals on 1,467 shots faced and Scott Darling has given up 34 goals on 412 shots. Crawford has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
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The Minnesota Wild could use a win after losing 10 of their last 14 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power plays. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 18 goals, Mikko Koivu has 30 assists and Charlie Coyle has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 105 goals on 1,262 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 32 goals on 401 shots. Dubnyk has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Blackhawks are 4-0 in their last 4 road games and 21-8 in their last 29 overall. The Wild are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-8 in their last 8 home games. The Blackhawks are 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
The Wild can't win at home for whatever reason, and the Blackhawks have been far more the consistent team over the course of the season. Add the fact Chicago has beaten the Wild in nine of the last 13 meetings, and I like the road team and the cheap price.