Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 5/30/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (58-32-7) at Anaheim Ducks (62-24-10)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -133 / Chicago Blackhawks +120 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in game seven with the winner heading to the Stanley Cup finals.
While the experts are seldom correct when predicting the outcome of sporting events I have to say most were correct in predicting Anaheim would be taken to seven games in the Western Conference finals. The Ducks were unable to contain the Blackhawks attack in a 5-2 defeat at the United Center in game six. Anaheim could have ended the series with a win but never led and couldn’t come back once the Hawks took the lead. The Ducks were down 3-0 in the second before scoring but a big rally was not in the cards. Anaheim received goals from Clayton Stoner and Patrick Maroon while Frederik Andersen struggled between the pipes with 18 saves in absorbing the defeat.
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While many have claimed that Anaheim has generally been the better team in this series the Chicago Blackhawks are doing something right with the series knotted at three games apiece. Facing elimination in game six on home ice the Blackhawks were clearly the better squad at both ends of the ice. After a scoreless opening frame the Hawks scored three times in the second and responded when the Ducks tried to make a comeback. Andrew Shaw paced the offensive outburst with a pair of tallies while Marian Hossa, Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane each scored in the second. Duncan Keith added three helpers and Andrew Desjardins posted two assists in support of a 30 stop performance from Corey Crawford to force a game seven at the Honda Center on Saturday.
I don’t think the trends are something that will be given much thought here with both teams able to score quickly and in bunches or play shutdown defense. I think the keys are the same for both teams and avoiding shorthanded situations would be a priority. With an incredible amount of offensive firepower on the ice both defenses and goaltenders will be under the microscope. I think the team that scores first will be tough to beat and I’ll be digging in to this while waiting for a line so please check back…