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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild - 11/18/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Wild (12-6-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (7-8-5)
Date & Time Sunday November 18, 2018, 6:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -105 / Minnesota Wild -115 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
WGN, FSN+
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NHL | Minnesota Wild (12-6-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (7-8-5)
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The Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks meet Sunday in NHL action at the United Center.

The Minnesota Wild look for a victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikael Granlund leads Minnesota with 10 goals, Mikko Koivu has 12 assists and Zach Parise has 53 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 85.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 35 goals on 476 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 11 goals on 116 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.

The Chicago Blackhawks are getting desperate for a victory after losing nine of their last 10 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 13.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 12 goals, Jonathan Toews has seven assists and Alex DeBrincat has 61 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 28 goals on 334 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 35 goals on 322 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

The Wild are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games. The Blackhawks are 5-11 in their last 16 home games, 20-49 in their last 69 vs. Western Conference and 0-4 in their last 4 Sunday games. The Wild are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 7-2 in Wild last 9 overall and the under is 4-0 in Blackhawks last 4 overall.

The Minnesota Wild may be on the end of a back to back, but the Chicago Blackhawks are fade material until they turn things around. The Blackhawks are getting destroyed on the defensive end and simply haven't been good enough offensively to catch up. The losses are piling up and they've become a brutal team to back in terms of the money lost. The Minnesota Wild have made a lot of money up to this point and have been successful on the end of back to backs. So, give me the road team and the cheap price.

Pick:
Minnesota Wild -115

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