Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 2/10/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (24-22-8) at Minnesota Wild (29-19-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -170 / Chicago Blackhawks +153 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, FSN
The Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks need a victory here in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 15.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 21 goals, Duncan Keith has 25 assists and Jonathan Toews has 154 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 60 goals on 842 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 49 goals on 546 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.
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The Minnesota Wild look for another victory after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 24 goals, Mikael Granlund has 28 assists and Jason Zucker has 138 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 93 goals on 1,108 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 54 goals on 630 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The Blackhawks are 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games, 6-15 in their last 21 vs. Central and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Wild are 13-4 in their last 17 home games, 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games. The Blackhawks are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings, the road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings and the over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota.
The Chicago Blackhawks are in full struggle mode right now, as the defense isn't getting stops, and they're running into a Minnesota Wild club that doesn't lose at home. The Wild have lost just four home games since November 22, and they've allowed two or less goals in four of their last six home games. Given the Blackhawks inconsistent play, it's hard to make a case for them here. I'll eat the juice and back the Wild on their home ice.