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Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 2/20/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings
Date & Time Wednesday February 20, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Little Caesars Arena
Detroit, Michigan
The Line
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +103 / Detroit Red Wings -114 -- Over/Under: 6.5
TV Channel
NBCSN
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Chicago Blackhawks look for another victory after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 36 goals, Jonathan Toews has 32 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 73.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 71 goals on 722 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 95 goals on 901 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games.

The Detroit Red Wings could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 24 goals, Gustav Nyquist has 33 assists and Andreas Athanasiou has 156 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 109 goals on 1,254 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 72 goals on 701 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 11 games.

The Blackhawks are 22-46 in their last 68 games as an underdog, 14-31 in their last 45 road games and 9-2 in their last 11 overall. The Red Wings are 5-11 in their last 16 home games, 16-37 in their last 53 games playing on 2 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The over is 36-13-3 in Blackhawks last 52 road games. The under is 8-3 in Red Wings last 11 overall. The Blackhawks are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings.

The Chicago Blackhawks were fade material pretty much all season, but they've put together a nice winning stretch out of nowhere and are no longer at the bottom in terms of money lost. The Detroit Red Wings continue to lose games due to a lack of offense and playing at home hasn't helped much. I do question how much longer the Blackhawks are going to be able to keep this up, but there's no denying they're playing better hockey than the Red Wings, and they just beat Detroit a couple of weeks ago, 5-2. I'll take the hotter team and the plus money.

Pick:
Chicago Blackhawks +103

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