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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks - 3/9/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Anaheim Ducks (34-22-10) at Chicago Blackhawks (42-18-5)
Date & Time Thursday March 9, 2017, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -160 / Anaheim Ducks +144 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
CSN-Chicago
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The Anaheim Ducks head to the United Center to face the Chicago Blackhawks in Thursday NHL hockey action.

The Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks are fighting for positioning in the Western Conference playoff race so something had to give when the two met at the Honda Center on Tuesday. The Predators blinked first as they blew a pair of two goal leads on the way to a 4-3, shootout defeat. Patrick Eaves won it for the Ducks in the 5th round and posted a pair of assists with Ryan Getzlaf adding a goal and two helpers while Richard Rakell and Nick Ritchie also tallied to make Jonathan Bernier and his 24 stops hold up. The Predators offense came from Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis with Filip Forsberg scoring while shorthanded but a 39 save performance from Pekka Rinne could not prevent Nashville from suffering their third loss in a row.

The Chicago Blackhawks are locked in a battle for the top spot in the Central Division and Western Conference with Minnesota and they aren’t giving an inch after downing the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Saturday for win number seven in a row. It wasn’t easy with Brian Campbell scoring with 65 seconds left, while Patrick Kane scored twice including an empty netter with Jonathan Toews and Jordin Tootoo also scoring for the Blackhawks to make a winner of Corey Crawford and his 32 stops. The Predators saw Viktor Arvidsson light the lamp twice with Calle Jarnrok also scoring but Juuse Saros was saddled with the loss on a 28 save effort. 

The Ducks are 0-8 in their last 8 games following a win and the Ducks are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Central while the under is 9-2-5 in Ducks last 16 games following a win. The over is 6-0-1 in Blackhawks last 7 Thursday games and the Blackhawks are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference while the Blackhawks are 4-0 in their last 4 home games. The under is 1-0-3 in the last 4 meetings and the Ducks are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings while the road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The numbers say Blackhawks and maybe the under but I have to see goalies and the juice although I lean Blackhawks…

Pick:
Chicago -160

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