Chicago Blackhawks (13-8-1) at Anaheim Ducks (14-4-5)
|Date & Time||Friday November 28, 2014, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -108 / Chicago Blackhawks -102 --- Over/Under: 5.5
WGN, FSW2, SPNET
The Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks play Friday afternoon at the Honda Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks have won six of their last eight games and are starting to hit their stride. The Blackhawks are led by a defense that’s allowing 2.1 goals per game and 10 goals in their last four games. The Blackhawks also haven’t allowed a power play goal in 10 of their last 12 games. Corey Crawford has allowed 32 goals on 432 shots faced. Offensively, the Chicago Blackhawks have scored a power play goal in six straight games and are 11-0 this season when scoring three or more goals overall. Jonathan Toews leads Chicago with 10 goals, Patrick Kane has 13 assists and Brent Seabrook has 56 shots on goal. This is the fifth straight road game for the Chicago Blackhawks, as they look to wrap up a six-game road trip.
The Anaheim Ducks have split their last six games and are in first place in the Pacific division. The Ducks are also a defensive team first, allowing 2.3 goals per game on the season and six goals in their last three games. The Anaheim Ducks haven’t allowed a power play goal in four straight games and have won 10 of their last 15 games when allowing three or less goals. Frederik Andersen has allowed 35 goals on 451 shots faced. Offensively, the Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored a power play goal in just one of their last seven games. Corey Perry has 12 goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 13 assists and Ryan Kesler has 66 shots on goal. This is the third straight home game for the Ducks.
The Blackhawks are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference. The Ducks are 9-3 in their last 12 games playing on 2 days rest and 53-22 in their last 75 games following a win. The Blackhawks are 6-21-2 in the last 29 meetings in Anaheim and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.
This is a toss-up game between two of the more talented teams in the league. I'm going with the Anaheim Ducks simply because they're at home.