Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks - 2/11/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vancouver Canucks (29-20-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (33-18-3)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -190 / Vancouver Canucks +171 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Canucks will look to avoid losing back to back games as they head into Chicago to face off against the Hawks at the United Center.
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One of hockey's forgotten rivalries gets renewed in Chicago on Wednesday night as the Vancouver Canucks take on the Blackhwks and while some of the major pieces of what was once a budding rivalry have moved on you can bet both teams would love to grab two points here. The Canucks currently sit in fourth place in the Pacific while the Hawks are third in the Central and both teams are in a good position to make the playoffs but in comparison the visitors are eight points back of Chicago and are coming off one of their worst losses of the season. Ryan Miller will be back between the pipes as Vancouver looks to jump ahead of the Sharks and Flames in the division while Corey Crawford will coutner for Chicago who dropped a 3-2 decision in a shootout against Arizona in their last contest.
The Blackhawks haven't had the same sense of swagger and dominance as we have seen from them over the last couple of years but perhaps they are waiting for the postseason to reassert their dominance and based on their track record who are we to doubt them? Chicago is 33-18-3 on the season and have gone on a couple of wishy washy streaks of mediocre play and are in the midst of a 5-5 stretch that has them trailing the Predators and Blues in the division and now they have the Jets to contend with who are hot on their heels and will be looking to lock up a spot in the divisional round instead of a wild card berth. Chicago to me is the deeper team here but after getting yanked in his last start I expect Miller to have a much better showing and that will give the Canucks a chance. Either way I see a physical contest dominated by special teams and defense and as such I like this one to stay under the number.