Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild - 1/10/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (22-17-4) at Chicago Blackhawks (21-15-6)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -123 / Minnesota Wild +111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks meet Wednesday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Minnesota Wild look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 19 goals, Ryan Suter has 20 assists and Jason Zucker has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 70 goals on 831 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 44 goals on 516 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 12 games.
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The Chicago Blackhawks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 14.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 17 goals, Duncan Keith has 20 assists and Jonathan Toews has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 60 goals on 842 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 31 goals on 340 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 16 games.
The Wild are 9-3 in their last 12 vs. a team with a losing record, 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 road games. The Blackhawks are 5-1 in their last 6 home games, 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 9-21 in their last 30 vs. Western Conference. The Wild are 6-14 in the last 20 meetings in Chicago, 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Neither one of these teams are teams I'm trying to bet on at the moment, as the inconsistent play is real, and neither has had success playing on the end of a back to back. The Wild have feasted on losing teams this season, but it's got to be only a matter of time before the Chicago Blackhawks turn things around. I'm siding with the home team here as the only edge in a battle between two struggling hockey teams.