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Blackhawks vs. Wild - 4/7/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Wild (44-27-8) at Chicago Blackhawks (48-25-6)
Date & Time Tuesday April 7, 2015, 8:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -178 / Minnesota Wild +160 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
CSNC, NBCSN
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NHL | Minnesota Wild (44-27-8) at Chicago Blackhawks (48-25-6)
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The Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks play Tuesday night at the United Center.

The Minnesota Wild look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Wild are averaging 2.8 goals and have scored four goals in their last three games. The Minnesota Wild have two power play goals in their last four games and have won 17 straight when scoring at least three goals. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 32 goals, Thomas Vanek has 30 assists and Nino Niederreiter has 146 shots on goal. Defensively, the Wild are allowing 2.4 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Darcy Kuemper has allowed 65 goals on 675 shots faced and Niklas Backstrom has given up 51 goals on 452 shots.

The Chicago Blackhawks look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. The Blackhawks are averaging 2.7 goals and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Chicago Blackhawks have one power play goal in their last four games and have won 11 straight when scoring at least three goals. Jonathan Toews leads Chicago with 28 goals, Patrick Kane has 37 assists and Marian Hossa has 240 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blackhawks are allowing 2.3 goals and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Antti Raanta has allowed 25 goals on 389 shots faced and Corey Crawford has given up 122 goals on 1,606 shots.

The Wild are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and 17-5 in their last 22 vs. Western Conference. The Blackhawks are 86-39 in their last 125 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference The Wild are 3-14 in the last 17 meetings in Chicago and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.

Both teams are playing well down the stretch but the Blackhawks have owned the Wild, especially in Chicago. Also, Minensota played last night. Take Chicago to get the win on its home ice. 

Pick:
Chicago Blackhawks -178

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