Vancouver Canucks vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 12/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (17-13-5) at Vancouver Canucks (15-17-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +104 / Chicago Blackhawks -115 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks return to action after the Christmas break as they head on the road to face off against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.
The Blackhawks hit the holiday stoppage at the wrong time as they had been heating up and playing their best hockey of the season but hopefully for them they will carry on where they left off and send the Canucks to another loss on home ice on Thursday. The Hawks got off to a bit of a slow start but have since turned things around with a 5-2 stretch in their last seven games, but the biggest downfall for them has been their play on the road as they are a woeful 1-5 in their last six away from home and have just seven victories outside of Chicago this season. Anton Forsberg is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Jakob Markstrom who gets the nod for a Canucks side that is a miserable 6-25 in their last 31 games at home and have hit a huge speed bump in their season.
USA TODAY Sports
The Canucks were one of the league’s biggest surprises to start the season as they were ripping off victories at a torrid pace but they have come back to reality in a hurry and are looking like the team many expected to see in the preseason as they simply don’t have the talent and depth of many of the Western Conference powers. Vancouver has had their struggles with the Central division as they are just 17-35 in their last 52 games and they have been giving teams victories at an alarming rate when playing on home ice and while the Hawks haven’t been too strong away from the United Center it hasn’t mattered when playing against the Canucks.
The Hawks are 3-7 in their last 10 against the Pacific and 7-18 in their last 25 against the West while the Canucks are 22-48 in their last 70 overall and 1-4 in their last five meetings against the Hawks. Both teams will be well rested and I expect Vancouver’s home woes to continue as Chicago gets the win.