Wild-Blackhawks in Upside-Down Central

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Blackhawks and Wild Fight from the Bottom Up

One year ago, the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild finished first and second in the Western Conference standings. Things have changed. These same two teams are at the bottom of the Central Division heading into Wednesday’s showdown at the United Center; the puck drops at 8 PM ET on NBCSN.

Oddsmakers have the Blackhawks as -125-moneyline favorites. The total is at 5.5 O-114.

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It hasn’t been a total disaster for either club. The Central happens to be the dominant division in hockey right now, with zero teams posting a negative goal differential. The last-place Hawks (20-15-6) have a plus-11 differential, while the Wild (22-17-3) have scored exactly as many goals this year as they’ve given up. There’s plenty of time for both to make a playoff run during the second half of the regular season.

Good health will be imperative as always. Minnesota doesn’t have anyone on the injured list, but the Hawks are without four players, including No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford (.929 save percentage), who’s out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. Wednesday will be the second of back-to-back games for both clubs; Devan Dubnyk (.916 SV%) is projected to start in net for the Wild opposite either Anton Forsberg (.909 SV%) or Jeff Glass (.908 SV%).

Recent Form

Team Records

Minnesota Wild

Last 105-4-14-0-11-4-04-1-12-3-07-3
vs Div6-8-05-2-01-6-05-3-02-5-08-6
vs EAST0-00-00-00-00-00-0
vs WEST0-00-00-00-00-00-0

Chicago Blackhawks

Last 105-4-12-1-03-3-13-2-02-2-16-4
vs Div4-6-22-2-12-4-12-3-12-3-14-7-1
vs EAST0-00-00-00-00-00-0
vs WEST0-00-00-00-00-00-0


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense2.91172.7611
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense2.64222.428
Away Team Road Powerplay vs Home Team Home Penalty Kill20.90982.0017
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense3.1792.9318
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense3.5383.6829
Home Team Home Power Play vs Away Team Road Penalty Kill12.662976.2925
Head To Head Summary
TeamrecordO/UAVGshotspower play goalspower play percentagepenalty kill percentagepower play chances

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineTotalO/Uaway shotshome shotsAway Power Play GoalsHome Power Play GoalsAway Power PlaysHome Power PlaysAway PP%Home PP%Away PK%Home PK%
Dec 17, 2017MIN1CHI4-1685.5U2846002600100100
Nov 4, 2017CHI2MIN0-1235.5U3524104225010075
Oct 12, 2017MIN5CHI2-1275.5O3438114525208075
Mar 12, 2017MIN2CHI4-1075.5O4422001300100100
Feb 21, 2017CHI5MIN3-1495.5O3932022201000100
Feb 8, 2017CHI4MIN3-1055.5O3238102250010050
Jan 15, 2017MIN3CHI2-1085P3235101210001000
Mar 29, 2016CHI1MIN4-1295P1918003300100100
Mar 20, 2016MIN3CHI2-1745P3431003200100100
Feb 21, 2016CHI1MIN6-1015O32320126016.783.3100

NHL Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Minnesota Wild

DateOpponentscoreResultlineshotsshots againstpower playpenalty killopposing goalieLocation
Jan 9, 2018CAL2-3L-12535290/54/4Mike SmithH
Jan 6, 2018COL2-7L-12736381/41/4Jonathan BernierA
Jan 4, 2018BUF6-2W-22127311/33/3Robin LehnerH
Jan 2, 2018FLA5-1W-16341260/12/2James ReimerH
Dec 30, 2017NAS0-3L12829290/34/5Juuse SarosA

Chicago Blackhawks

DateOpponentscoreResultlineshotsshots againstpower playpenalty killopposing goalieLocation
Jan 9, 2018OTT8-2W-10643274/64/4Craig AndersonA
Jan 7, 2018EDM4-1W-12929330/31/1Cam TalbotH
Jan 5, 2018LV4-5L-13532430/22/2Malcolm SubbanH
Jan 3, 2018NYR5-2W12435250/15/6Henrik LundqvistA
Dec 31, 2017CAL3-4L12237390/20/2Mike SmithA


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