Chicago Blackhawks (31-18-2) at Winnipeg Jets (26-18-9)
|Date & Time||Friday February 6, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets +136 / Chicago Blackhawks -150 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Blackhawks look to end a two game slide as they head into Winnipeg to take on the Jets as these teams jockey for positioning in the Central division.
The Chicago Blackhawks haven't scored a goal in over six periods and have lost six of their last 10 contests heading into Friday night's encounter with the Winnipeg Jets and if they lose in regulation the Hawks would sit just a single point up on the Jets for third spot in the division. Chicago has long been considered a Stanley Cup favourite this season and they are certainly still in the fold but they haven't had the same level of success we are used to seeing from them and have had stretches this season where they haven't looked very good at all. The Hawks will turn to their top stars here namely Jonathan Toews to get them out of this funk and what better place to do so than in the Chicago's captain's hometown as Toews returns to the Manitoba capital in front of what should be a section full of family and friends. Corey Crawford is getting the start for Chicago and he is slated to match up against Ondrej Pavelec though that could change.
The Jets will look to shake off an overtime loss in their last outing with a response here against the Hawks and with a win the Jets can inch closer to moving out of the wild card race and into the division race by leap frogging Chicago. Winnipeg has had an interesting season as they have had to deal with a slew of injuries but when this team is healthy they are very tough to beat as they have a great blue line, a balanced attack and solid goaltending but that seems to be the resume for most teams in the Central division and Winnipeg could be left out if they let up even a little bit. The Jets are massive underdogs here on home ice and I have no understanding as to why as these teams are very close in the standings but when the Hawks lose back to back games without scoring a goal the odds makers assume they will bounce back in a big way and unfortunately I agree with them. Pavelec is still a streaky goaltender and with Toews back in Winnipeg I think he and the Hawks put on a show and break out of their dry spell.