Wild vs. Blackhawks - 3/29/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (44-25-7) at Minnesota Wild (37-28-11)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild / Chicago Blackhawks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, FSN
The Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild square off Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks could use another win after losing 12 of their last 20 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power plays. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 39 goals, Artemi Panarin has 39 assists and Jonathan Toews has 165 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their power play chances. Corey Crawford has allowed 126 goals on 1,693 shots faced and Scott Darling has given up 52 goals on 623 shots. Crawford has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.
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The Minnesota Wild hope to build on their impressive five-game winning streak. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power plays. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 24 goals, Charlie Coyle has 21 assists and Nino Niederreiter has 149 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 136 goals on 1,700 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 41 goals on 488 shots. Dubnyk has allowed three goals in his last three games.
The Blackhawks are 36-15 in their last 51 vs. a team with a losing record and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Wild are 4-9 in their last 13 vs. a team with a winning record and 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. The Blackhawks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings.
Minnesota is trying to inch closer and closer to clinching a playoff spot and can take that next step with its sixth straight victory. The Blackhawks have already clinched and have been all over the place the last few weeks. I'll take the Wild at home.