Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 27, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)|
Anaheim Ducks -111 / Chicago Blackhawks -111
NBCS, NBCS-California+, NBCS-Chicago+
The Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks meet in NHL action from the Honda Center on Wednesday night.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to bounce back after back-to-back losses following a 4-3 loss to Dallas in their last outing. Dallas jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the opening period and pushed the lead to 3-0 early in the 2nd frame. Chris Kunitz got the Hawks on the board just 1:14 later and cut the deficit to 3-2 in the latter stages of the 2nd thanks to Drake Caggiula. Jonathan Toews tied the game early in the 3rd but it was all for naught as Dallas took the lead for good just 4:39 later. Cam Ward ended up with the loss to fall to 14-10-4 after allowing all 4 goals on 29 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Anaheim Ducks will be out to snap a 3-game losing streak after a 4-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks in their last outing. Vancouver staked themselves a 2-0 lead after the opening period before Bo Horvat added a pair of goals in the 2nd and 3rd to give the Canucks the 4-0 score line that would hold up until the final horn. Brendan Guhle led the Ducks with 5 shots on goal while Jakob Silfverberg had 4 shots and Jaycob Megna had 3 shots on target. Kevin Boyle took the loss, falling to 1-3-0 after allowing all 4 goals on 29 shots faced in the losing effort.
Chicago is 8-1 in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record and 10-4 in their last 14 games overall while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 games against the Pacific division. Anaheim is 5-23 in their last 28 games overall and 2-8 in their last 10 home games while the under is 35-17-2 in their last 54 games against a team with a losing record. Chicago is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
The home team has won 5 of the last 6 meetings between these two teams, so this could be a prime opportunity for the Ducks to stop the bleeding with a much needed win. However, this is still an Anaheim team that’s won just 5 games since December 18th, and while Chicago hasn’t been stellar this season, the fact is that Chicago is still playing the better hockey of the two and I just have more faith in Chicago than I do the Ducks, so I’ll side with the Blackhawks for the road win in this one.