Can the Chicago Blackhawks Kick the Anaheim Ducks While They Are Down?
The Chicago Blackhawks will travel to the Honda Center to take on the Anaheim Ducks in a Western Conference meeting. The Blackhawks are currently seventh in the Central Division (22-30-9, 53 points) while looking to play spoiler while the Ducks are sixth in the Pacific Division (27-26-11, 65 points) and are five points out of the final Wild Card spot. This will be the third and final team that these franchises will face off this season as Chicago has won both games, with the previous meeting being an 8-3 home victory back on March 8.
These teams both have some savvy veteran leadership on the ice so this should be an extremely intriguing game to wager on. Let’s look a little bit deeper at Chicago and Anaheim to figure out the best side of our wagers.
Strong Wing Play of the Chicago Blackhawks Can Be the Difference Here
Chicago has been doing decently well on the offensive side of the ice this season but can improve as they are averaging 2.61 goals on 28.6 shots per game. Veteran right winger Patrick Kane has been doing well for himself as he is tied for eighth in the NHL in assists as well as being 16th in points as he has recorded 68 points (19 goals, 49 assists) while scoring 10 points in his last four games. On the defensive side of things, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has a decent 19-20-5 record with 2.90 goals allowed per game and a .909 save percentage. As an entire defense, the Blackhawks are giving up 3.41 goals on 32.2 shots allowed per game this season.
Center Troy Terry is leading the Anaheim Ducks this season as he is tied for 16th in the sport with goals as he has posted 52 points (29 goals, 23 assists) so far with three points in his previous five games. The Ducks have been scoring pretty well for themselves as they are scoring 2.80 goals on 29.7 shot attempts thus far. Defensively as a team, Anaheim is allowing 3.11 goals on 33.2 shots up to this point. Goaltender John Gibson has been struggling a bit as he has a 17-19-9 record with a .906 save percentage and 3.05 goals allowed per game.
Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks Betting Prediction
These teams have played well this season but the Blackhawks seem to have the Ducks number. As of this writing, the Ducks are on a six-game losing streak and things are beginning to leak bleak for them. Chicago is sitting at 32-29 against the spread this season while Anaheim is a dominant 38-26 against the spread. All signs are indicating that this isn’t the same Ducks team so go with the Chicago Blackhawks to keep it close on the road and cover the puck line.
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.