Chicago Blackhawks (46-21-15) at Minnesota Wild (43-27-12)
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 13, 2014, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild +115 / Chicago Blackhawks -127 --- Over/Under: 5
The Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild will play game six of the NHL playoffs on Tuesday night. The Blackhawks lead the series 3-1.
The Blackhawks fought and clawed to win game five at home, 2-1, after losing both games back in Minnesota. Still, the Blackhawks have scored no more than two goals in three straight games. The Blackhawks are just 2-9 in their last 11 games when scoring less than three goals. Marian Hossa continues to be the spark offensively for the Blackhawks, as he’s racked up one goal and eight assists in this series. Defensively, Corey Crawford has a lot of pressure on him with a lack of offense, but he’s allowed two or less goals in six playoff games. The Chicago Blackhawks are 20-16-7-3 on the road this season.
The Wild have yet to lose a home playoff game this season and hope to keep it that way to avoid elimination. At home is when the Wild seem to have more success offensively, as they’ve scored a combined eight goals in the two home games against the Blackhawks. That’s more goals for the Wild than they’ve scored in the three games in Chicago. Defensively, goalie IIya Bryzgalov has allowed two or less goals in three straight starts and two or less in six of his last eight starts at home. The Minnesota Wild are 31-10-1-4 at home this season.
The Blackhawks are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-20 in their last 27 road games. The Wild are 5-0 in their last 5 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. The home team is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams.
The home team has not only controlled this series, but has also won majority of the time when these teams have played over the years. Take the Wild to extend the series, especially considering the fact we're getting plus money.