Chicago Blackhawks (26-12-2) at Minnesota Wild (18-15-5)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 8, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild +124 / Chicago Blackhawks -137 --- Over/Under: 5.5
CSNC, FSN, NHL
The Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild play Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks have split their last eight games and begin a two-game road trip. The Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Chicago Blackhawks have five power play goals in their last five games and are 23-0 this season when scoring at least three goals overall. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 19 goals, Jonathan Toews has 20 assists and Marian Hossa has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blackhawks are allowing 2.2 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in seven of their last 10 games. Antti Raanta has allowed 15 goals on 268 shots faced and Corey Crawford has given up 54 goals on 666 shots.
The Minnesota Wild have lost five of their last eight games and play their third road game of 2015. The Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Minnesota Wild have three power play goals in their last four games and have lost four of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Zach Parise, Jason Zucker and Nino Niederreiter each have 14 goals, Jason Pominville has 22 assists and Marco Scandella has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Darcy Kuemper has allowed 65 goals on 661 shots faced and Niklas Backstrom has given up 35 goals on 336 shots.
The Blackhawks are 14-3 in their last 17 vs. Western Conference and 7-3 in their last 10 road games. The Wild are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 in their last 6 home games. The Blackhawks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Chicago Blackhawks are clearly the better team in this matchup and has absolutely crushed Western Confrence teams this season. The line is low enough to back the road team here.