The Chicago Blackhawks (9-18-1) travel to face off against the Seattle Kraken (9-14-7) on Thursday, December 14th. This game will be played at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. The Kraken are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Blackhawks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Oilers. Puck drop is set for 10:00 ET.
Chicago Blackhawks vs Seattle Kraken
The Chicago Blackhawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
So far this season, the Blackhawks have an overall record of 9-18-1. On the road, Chicago is 4-11-0 and 5-7-1 at home. This record has them sitting 8th in the Western Central division and 16th in the Western conference. Looking at Chicago’s average scoring margin, it is -1.1, which has led to a puck line record of 13-15. When playing at home, their scoring margin is -0.5, and on the road, it is -1.7.
Following a 4-1 loss on the road to the Oilers, the Blackhawks are eager to bounce back. The Blackhawks started strong on offense with one time in the first period, but they couldn’t find the net again for the rest of the game. Chicago’s’s lone goal during the game occurred at even strength. They ended with 23 shots on goal in total.
Entering the game as the underdog, Chicago not only suffered a straight-up loss but also failed to cover the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 6.5 with a combined total of 5 goals.
The Seattle Kraken Are Coming Off A Win
Facing the Blackhawks, the Kraken have a record of 9-14-7 so far. At home, their record is 5-8-2 and 4-6-5 on the road. They are currently positioned 6th in the Western Pacific division and 12th in the Western conference. Seattle comes in with four wins with a margin of more than one goal this season and lost 11 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line performance is 15-15.
In their most recent game, the Kraken faced the Panthers and came out victorious with a score of 4-0. In the first period, the Kraken struggled to find the net on offense, but they turned things around with one time in the second period and three goals in the third. All four goals came at even strength. They finished with 23 shots on goal and had 4 turnovers.
Going into the game, Seattle was the underdog, giving them a win vs. the puck line. The game ended below the over/under line of 6, with a combined total of 4 goals.
Chicago Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Blackhawks come in averaging 2.4 goals per game this season, which is 30th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 28th in the league. This season, the Blackhawks are 1-5 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 8-11 record.
The Blackhawks come in with an over/under record of 10-16-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 11 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.9 per game.
Seattle Offense Breakdown
The Kraken come into the game scoring an average of 2.6 goals per game, putting them 27th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 9th in the league. Coming into the game, the Kraken have 5-6 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 3-8.
This season, the over/under record for the Kraken’s is 14-13-3. Over the course of the season, they have had 14 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6. On average, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.
Chicago Team Defense
Chicago defense takes on the Kraken ranked 5th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 32.6 shots per game against Chicago. They alsso are 18th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.
Seattle Team Defense
Seattle defense takes on the Blackhawks ranked 18th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 28.3 shots per game against Seattle. They alsso are 19th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.
Blackhawks vs Kraken Trends
- When looking at their past three road matchups, Chicago has an puck line record of 0-3 while averaging 1 per game. The team went 0-3 overall in these games.
- Through their last five home games, Seattle has an puck line record of just 2-3. However, their overall record was 1-4 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Kraken have a straight up record of 1-2 and an puck line mark of 2-1.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the favorite, the Blackhawks have a straight up record of 5-5. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 4-6.
If you’re looking for a straight moneyline bet, then the Kraken are the way to go. However, with a payout of -221, you might consider using this bet as a leg of a parlay.
My recommended pick for the puck line is to take the Blackhawks to cover. Even if the Kraken win straight-up, this one should be close throughout and the Blackhawks should cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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