Ottawa Senators (21-28-9) at Chicago Blackhawks (25-27-8)
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 21, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -170 / Ottawa Senators +153 --- Over/Under: 6
The Ottawa Senators and Chicago Blackhawks meet Wednesday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Ottawa Senators look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 12 games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 19 goals, Erik Karlsson has 36 assists and Mike Hoffman has 183 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 74.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 130 goals on 1,339 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed 60 goals on 590 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Chicago Blackhawks also need a feel good win after losing nine of their last 10 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 22 goals, Duncan Keith has 25 assists and Jonathan Toews has 176 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 60 goals on 842 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 59 goals on 643 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 10 games.
The Senators are 5-21 in their last 26 road games, 3-11 in their last 14 vs. Western Conference and 13-29 in their last 42 overall. The Blackhawks are 1-8 in their last 9 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 Wednesday games and 3-13 in their last 16 overall. The Senators are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Chicago and 4-11 in the last 15 meetings.
Neither of these teams are teams you should be trying to back, especially the Chicago Blackhawks, who seem to be falling apart right now. With that being said, the Ottawa Senators are downright awful on the road this season, and the Blackhawks have won five of the last seven games against the Senators, which includes an 8-2 victory the last time they played. If this isn't the game that can kind of stop the bleeding a bit for the Chicago Blackhawks, there's probably little hope down the stretch.