Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild - 12/1/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (11-7-4) at Chicago Blackhawks (13-8-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -142 / Minnesota Wild +129 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, NBCSN
The Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks square off Tuesday night at the United Center.
The Minnesota Wild need a win in the worst way after losing six of their last seven games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power plays. Thomas Vanek leads Minnesota with 10 goals, Mikko Koivu has 16 assists and Jason Zucker has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 74.5 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 50 goals on 550 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 10 goals on 99 shots. Dubnyk has allowed six goals in his last two games. Marco Scandella is questionable with a lower-body injury.
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The Chicago Blackhawks look for another victory after winning six of their last 10 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power plays. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 14 goals, Artemi Panarin has 16 assists and Artem Anisimov has 36 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their power play chances. Corey Crawford has allowed 44 goals on 500 shots faced and Scott Darling has given up 17 goals on 195 shots. Crawford has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
The Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-7 in their last 8 road games. The Blackhawks are 103-45 in their last 148 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 Tuesday games. The Wild are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Chicago and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Blackhawks are one of the tougher teams in the league to beat at home, and it's tough to back a Wild team that's in a major funk right now. I'll side with Chicago at home and the reasonable chalk.