Anaheim Ducks (5-3-1) at Chicago Blackhawks (4-2-2)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 23, 2018, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -109 / Anaheim Ducks -101 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks meet Tuesday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Anaheim Ducks look for a bounce back road victory after losing four of their last six games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 22.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakob Silfverberg leads Anaheim with three goals, Hampus Lindholm has five assists and Max Comtois has nine shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 13 goals on 257 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed five goals on 81 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Chicago Blackhawks could also use a win here after losing four of their last six games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 11.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with seven goals, Alex DeBrincat has four assists and Jonathan Toews has 27 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing four goals per game and are killing 70.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up four goals on 68 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 26 goals on 227 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last eight games.
The Ducks are 5-2 in their last 7 Tuesday games, 3-7 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blackhawks are 2-8 in their last 10 home games, 18-43 in their last 61 vs. Western Conference and 13-27 in their last 40 overall. The Ducks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 19-9-5 in the last 33 meetings. The over is 6-2 in Blackhawks last 8 overall and the under is 6-2 in Ducks last 8 overall.
The Anaheim Ducks have been really consistent defensively, which is a sign the wins will come. The Chicago Blackhawks seem to have a lot of the same issues they had a year ago and the results haven't changed much. The Ducks have also won five of the last seven games against the Blackhawks, and they've scored at elast three goals in six of the last 10 meetings against them. Given the Blackhawks defensive issues right now, we shouldn't expect anything different. I'll take the Ducks and the cheap price.