Winnipeg Jets (16-17-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (22-9-5)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 27, 2016, 8:30 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -208 / Winnipeg Jets +160 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Chicago Blackhawks look to stay red hot at home as they welcome in the Winnipeg Jets to the United Center on Tuesday.
The Jets look to extend their recent success against the Central division as they have won their last four games against hockey’s best cluster of teams but they are in tough shape here against a very good Blackhawks side that is very tough to beat at home. Winnipeg has struggled on the road this season and have dropped three of their last 12 road games while the Hawks are 7-3 in their last 10 against the Central and have won 135 of their last 201 home games. Winnipeg does have Jacob Trouba back after his holdout at the beginning of the season and they do have a wealth of talent in the offensive zone but somehow they can’t find a way to play consistent hockey and as such they are hovering at mediocrity.
The Blackhawks meanwhile have been business as usual to start the season and look as dangerous as anyone in the NHL and heading into the post Christmas break they have but nine regulation losses to their name. The Hawks are led by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane and that is among the best duos in the league but they have a wealth of depth that all contribute accordingly which makes them such a tough team to match up against. Scott Darling continues to man the crease for the Blackhawks and he will likely match up against Connor Hellebuyck who is splitting time with Mike Hutchinson.
The Jets have played to the under in three of their last four against the Central and are 3-9 in their last 12 road games while the Hawks are 5-2 in their last seven overall and 7-3 in their last 10 against the Central. The line here is chalky but Chicago is too good and should get the win in this one.