Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks NHL Betting Prediction

NHL Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction 4/7/2024

The Minnesota Wild (36-30-10) travel to face off against the Chicago Blackhawks (23-48-5) on Sunday, April 7th. This game will be played at United Center in Chicago and televised on NBCS. The Blackhawks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Wild are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Jets. Puck drop is set for 3:30 ET.

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The Minnesota Wild Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

On the season, Minnesota has gone 36-30-10 and currently sits in 10th place in the Western Conference and 6th place in the Central Division. On the road, the Wild have gone 16-16-4, and they have lost two straight games. Against teams from the Western Conference, Minnesota has gone 21-23.

As the favorite, the Wild have gone 24-7-5 this season, and they have won two straight games when favored. In their last 10 games, Minnesota has gone 4-6, and they have gone 2-3 in their last five games and 1-2 in their last three.

Minnesota enters this game with an overall puck line record of 39-37 and a road puck line record of 20-16. So far, the team’s average scoring margin on the road is at -0.3 goals per game, and they have gone just 5-5 against the puck line over their last ten road games.

So far this season, the Wild have won 24 games by multiple goals, and their average scoring differential when favored is at 0.7 goals per game. Over their last ten games, Minnesota’s puck line record is at 4-6, and they have dropped their last three games against the puck line.

The Wild aim to bounce back following their 4-2 loss at home to the Jets. In the first period on offense, the Wild managed to score two times, but that turned out to be the only scoring they could muster for the entire game. Of Minnesota’s two goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 27 shots on goal and had eight giveaways.

As the underdog, Minnesota suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 5.5 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 6 goals.

The Chicago Blackhawks Are Coming Off A Win

At home this season, the Blackhawks have gone 16-18-4 and are currently on a three-game winning streak in front of their home fans. Overall, Chicago has a record of 23-48-5, which puts them in 8th place in the Central Division and 15th in the Western Conference. Against other teams from the West, the Blackhawks have gone 15-30 this year.

As the underdog, Chicago has gone 19-47-5 this season and has lost each of their last four games when they have been favored. Over their last ten games, the Blackhawks have gone 5-5, and they are 2-1 in their last three games.

Chicago enters this game with an overall puck line record of 35-41, including going 23-15 against the puck line at home. So far this year, the Blackhawks have an average scoring margin of -1.2 goals per game.

Over their last ten games at home, the Blackhawks have gone 7-3 against the puck line and 4-1 against the puck line in their last five games at home. So far, Chicago has gone just 2-3 against the puck line when favored.

The Blackhawks played host to the Stars in their previous game and emerged with a 3-2 win. Offensively, the Blackhawks did not score in the first or third periods vs. the Stars but found the net three times in the second period. Chicago’s one power-play goals contributed to their total of 3 goals. Their offensive performance came with 17 shots on goal and seven giveaways.

Chicago was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. The game ended below the over/under line of 6, with a combined total of 5 goals.

Minnesota Offense Breakdown

On offense, the Wild are averaging 3 goals per game which is 22nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 21st in the league. The Wild went 21-15 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 14-15.

This season, the over/under record for the Wild’s is 36-36-4. Over the course of the season, they have had 41 games that exceeded the over/under line of 5.5. On average, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.

Blackhawks Offense Breakdown

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In terms of their offensive performance, the Blackhawks are averaging 2.2 goals per game this season, putting them in the 31st spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 31st in the league. This season, the Blackhawks have a 5-14 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 18-31 record.

The Blackhawks’ over/under record this season is 29-44-3. Last season, they had 34 games failed to surpass this game’s over/under line of 5.5. Overall, their games averaged 6.2 goals per game.

Minnesota Team Defense

Defensively, the Wild come into the season ranked 21st in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.7 shots per game against Minnesota. For the season, they are ranked 12th in shutouts, coming in with 5 shutouts.

Chicago Team Defense

Defensively, the Blackhawks come into the season ranked 7th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 32.4 shots per game against Chicago. For the season, they are ranked 29th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Wild vs Blackhawks Trends

  • When looking at their past three road matchups, Minnesota has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
  • When looking at their past three matchups at home, Chicago has an puck line record of 3-0 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 3-0 overall in these games.
  • In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Blackhawks have a straight up record of 4-6 and an puck line mark of 5-5.
  • Although the Wild have a strong straight up record in their last three games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the puck line going 1-2.

Wild vs Blackhawks Prediction

When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Blackhawks to defeat the Wild while playing at home. Given the current moneyline odds at +170, I’m placing a wager on the Blackhawks to win outright.

Our projections have the Blackhawks pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Blackhawks, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.

When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 5.5 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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