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Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 2/2/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Xcel Energy Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +160 / Minnesota Wild -195 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
NBC
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Chicago Blackhawks look for another win to build on their three-game winning streak. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 29 goals, Jonathan Toews has 26 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 74.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 71 goals on 722 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 77 goals on 685 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last eight games.

The Minnesota Wild could use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 20 goals, Mikael Granlund has 29 assists and Eric Staal has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 100 goals on 1,151 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 32 goals on 301 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in each of their last six games.

The Blackhawks are 17-37 in their last 54 road games, 6-20 in their last 26 games playing on 0 days rest and 27-56 in their last 83 overall. The Wild are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference, 8-3 in their last 11 vs. Central and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 3-1-1 in Wild last 5 overall. The over is 20-7-3 in Blackhawks last 30 overall.

The Chicago Blackhawks have won three straight games and are starting to give bettors some of that lost money back. Unfortunately, we know this run won't last much longer with that defense, and the Blackhawks are still horrible on the road and way too far in the red to where a few wins makes that much of a difference. The Minnesota Wild continue to show up on the defensive end, which makes you feel confident they'll be fine even in these inconsistent times. Also, the home team has won five of the last six meetings between the Blackhawks and Wild. I'll lay the juice with the Wild at home.

Pick:
Minnesota Wild -195

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