Chicago Blackhawks vs. Detroit Red Wings - 1/14/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Red Wings (17-18-7) at Chicago Blackhawks (22-16-6)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 12:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks / Detroit Red Wings --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks meet Sunday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Detroit Red Wings look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 14 goals, Dylan Larkin has 28 assists and Henrik Zetterberg has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 83 goals on 991 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed 37 goals on 321 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 10 games.
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The Chicago Blackhawks also need a win here after splitting their last 12 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 15.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 18 goals, Duncan Keith has 22 assists and Jonathan Toews has 129 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 60 goals on 842 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 35 goals on 394 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed two or less goals in five of their last six games.
The Red Wings are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 7-15 in their last 22 overall. The Blackhawks are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest, 62-26 in their last 88 Sunday games and 6-2 in their last 8 home games. The Red Wings are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Chicago, 7-15 in the last 22 meetings and the home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
The Red Wings still aren't having much success on the road, and they're on the end of a back to back here, having to play an extremely early game on the road. I usually favor the home team in very early games, as it's easier to get up to play when waking up in your own bed. I also haven't given up on the Chicago Blackhawks and their inconsistent play, as the defense continues to show up, which is going to always give this club a shot. Give me the home team here.