Vancouver Canucks vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 1/2/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Chicago Blackhawks at Vancouver Canucks

Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 10:00 PM (Rogers Arena)

VAN -150 O/U 6.5

Chicago sits at the bottom of the Central Division in the Western Conference with 42 points. However, the Blackhawks are still within striking distance of the rest of the division and have been playing well lately, with five wins in the last six matches.

The Blackhawks have also won their last four on the road and have the same number of wins (9) and one less loss (8) on road ice this season. 

Prolific scorer Patrick Kane had a pair of goals and assists against Calgary in a 5-3 on Tuesday. Kane has now eclipsed 20 goals and assists on the season. In 12 seasons, Kane has notched 40 assists 10 times and 40 goals twice. He logged at least 40 of both in 2015-16 and 2018-19, and is on pace to do it again this year.

Vancouver has won five straight to sit in third place in the Pacific Division. The Canucks are coming off a 5-2 win at Calgary on Sunday. Tyler Myers was the surprise producer in that game with a pair of goals and an assist. That makes just three goals and 10 helpers on the season for Myers.

Center Elias Pettersson has four goals in the last five games. He has scored four times and dished out two assists in the last five matches. In his second season, Pettersson looks probable to shatter his rookie marks of 28 goals and 38 assists. This year, he's on pace for 37 and 47, respectively.

  • Chicago are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games against Vancouver.
  • Chicago are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Vancouver's last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago.
  • Vancouver are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games this season.

The Blackhawks have an offense that has not really shown up that well with the strong reliance on Kane. Whenever Kane has an off day the Blackhawks offense does not produce. Sadly with the way the Canucks are playing it will be quite a bit easier for the Vancouver team to shutdown the Blackhawks offense and keep Kane in check. Final Score Prediction, Vancouver Canucks win 3-1.

Ben’s Pick Vancouver Canucks -150

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.