Chicago Blackhawks (14-20-6) at Colorado Avalanche (19-13-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 29, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -215 / Chicago Blackhawks +196 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Chicago Blackhawks and the Colorado Avalanche meet in NHL action from the Pepsi Center on Saturday night.
The Chicago Blackhawks will be looking to build some momentum after a 5-2 win over Minnesota in their last outing. Patrick Kane opened the scoring just 4:02 into the game for Chicago, but Minnesota would tie the game and give us a 1-1 draw after 20 minutes of play. Brandon Saad scored just :23 into the second frame and Patrick Kane followed again just 3:30 later for a 3-1 lead heading into the final frame. Saad scored his 2nd of the game for a 4-1 edge, while Minnesota pulled one back late but it was short-lived as Kane iced the game and his 5th career regular-season hat trick with an empty-netter with :27 to go. Collin Delia got the win between the pipes to improve to 2-0-0 this season after stopping 46 of 48 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Colorado Avalanche will be out to snap a 3-game losing skid after a 2-1 loss to Vegas in their last outing. J.T. Compher opened the scoring for the Avs just before the midway point of the opening frame but that’s all the scoring that Colorado would muster up as Vegas tied the game just 1:58 later and would take the lead with the eventual game-winner just after the midway point of the 3rd period. Phillip Grubauer ended up with the loss, falling to 8-4-3 this season after giving up the pair of goals on 43 shots in the losing effort.
Chicago is 4-0 in their last 4 division games and 16-35 in their last 51 road games while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall. Colorado is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 1-6 in their last 7 games against the Western Conference while the under is 10-3 in their last 13 division games. The home team is 5-2 in the alst 7 meetings between these two teams.
I know the Blackhawks have stunk up the joint for the majority of the season, but I can’t pass up this kind of plus money with a Chicago team that is much more talented than their record would indicate and are due for a string of wins. Colorado has been the better team and are solid at home, but the Avs are slumping right now and are vulnerable in this position so I’ll take a stab at Chicago and the plus money here.