Chicago Blackhawks (33-17-5) at Winnipeg Jets (25-27-4)
|Date & Time||Friday February 10, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets +109 / Chicago Blackhawks -120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Chicago Blackhawks look for another big road win as they head into the MTS Centre to do battle against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.
The Blackhawks look to give their captain a happy home coming as Jonathan Toews takes on his native Winnipeg Jets in a Central division show down heading into the weekend as the Hawks are coming off a big overtime win against the Minnesota Wild and will look for another in this one. Chicago is looking as every bit as dangerous as they have over the years as they have become a Cup contender every season and are certainly in the mix to take top spot in the Central division and if they can go on a run they could very well lock up top spot in the Western Conference. Chicago is led up front by the usual suspects as Toews and Patrick Kane form one of the better duos in the NHL and with the playoff experience and championship pedigree they possess makes them a very tough out across a seven game set and they have a chance to win on a nightly basis, home or away.
The Jets meanwhile need a big effort at home to propel them towards a playoff spot in the Central division and a win against the Blackhawks would certainly be a great place to start as they have their work cut out for them down the stretch. Winnipeg is a very good team that is a difference maker in the crease away from being a playoff threat and while Connor Hellebuyck may be the future for the team between the pipes he certainly hasn’t proven his worth this season and if the Jets can acquire the likes of Marc-Andre Fleury or Ben Bishop they could very well make a run based on the talent they have in the offensive zone and the depth they have at the blue line, even without the recently injured Tyler Myers.
The Hawks are 5-1 in their last six road games and 5-2 in their last seven against the Western Conference while the Jets are 2-6 in their last eight Friday games and 1-4 in their last five against a team with a winning record. Chicago is a road favourite here which is a little disappointing as the Jets have the value and should be competitive but I think the Hawks get some revenge after dropping their last contest in this building.