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Wild-Blackhawks in Upside-Down Central

Blackhawks Hockey

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%).
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Recent Form

Team Record Money Offense Defense Fave Dog O/U
Minnesota 22-17-4 -$165.00 2.91 2.93 16-10 6-11 23-18-2
Chicago 21-15-6 -$275.00 3.17 2.76 14-12 7-9 19-21-2
Team Records

Minnesota Wild

Name Record Home Away Fave Dog O/U
Overall 22-17-4 14-4-3 8-13-1 13-7-3 8-10-1 23-18-2
Last 10 5-4-1 4-0-1 1-4-0 4-1-1 2-3-0 7-3
vs Div 6-8-0 5-2-0 1-6-0 5-3-0 2-5-0 8-6
vs EAST 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
vs WEST 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Chicago Blackhawks

Name Record Home Away Fave Dog O/U
Overall 21-15-6 11-6-2 10-9-4 14-8-2 7-7-4 19-21-2
Last 10 5-4-1 2-1-0 3-3-1 3-2-0 2-2-1 6-4
vs Div 4-6-2 2-2-1 2-4-1 2-3-1 2-3-1 4-7-1
vs EAST 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
vs WEST 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 2.91 17 2.76 11
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 2.64 22 2.42 8
Away Team Road Powerplay vs Home Team Home Penalty Kill 20.90 9 82.00 17
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 3.17 9 2.93 18
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 3.53 8 3.68 29
Home Team Home Power Play vs Away Team Road Penalty Kill 12.66 29 76.29 25
Head To Head Summary
Team record O/U AVG shots power play goals power play percentage penalty kill percentage power play chances
Minnesota 5-4-1 5-2-3 3.00 31.60 5 19.23 90.32 26
Chicago 5-4-1 5-2-3 2.70 32.90 3 9.68 80.77 31

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line Total O/U away shots home shots Away Power Play Goals Home Power Play Goals Away Power Plays Home Power Plays Away PP% Home PP% Away PK% Home PK%
Dec 17, 2017 MIN 1 CHI 4 -168 5.5 U 28 46 0 0 2 6 0 0 100 100
Nov 4, 2017 CHI 2 MIN 0 -123 5.5 U 35 24 1 0 4 2 25 0 100 75
Oct 12, 2017 MIN 5 CHI 2 -127 5.5 O 34 38 1 1 4 5 25 20 80 75
Mar 12, 2017 MIN 2 CHI 4 -107 5.5 O 44 22 0 0 1 3 0 0 100 100
Feb 21, 2017 CHI 5 MIN 3 -149 5.5 O 39 32 0 2 2 2 0 100 0 100
Feb 8, 2017 CHI 4 MIN 3 -105 5.5 O 32 38 1 0 2 2 50 0 100 50
Jan 15, 2017 MIN 3 CHI 2 -108 5 P 32 35 1 0 1 2 100 0 100 0
Mar 29, 2016 CHI 1 MIN 4 -129 5 P 19 18 0 0 3 3 0 0 100 100
Mar 20, 2016 MIN 3 CHI 2 -174 5 P 34 31 0 0 3 2 0 0 100 100
Feb 21, 2016 CHI 1 MIN 6 -101 5 O 32 32 0 1 2 6 0 16.7 83.3 100

NHL Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Minnesota Wild

Date Opponent score Result line shots shots against power play penalty kill opposing goalie Location
Jan 9, 2018 CAL 2-3 L -125 35 29 0/5 4/4 Mike Smith H
Jan 6, 2018 COL 2-7 L -127 36 38 1/4 1/4 Jonathan Bernier A
Jan 4, 2018 BUF 6-2 W -221 27 31 1/3 3/3 Robin Lehner H
Jan 2, 2018 FLA 5-1 W -163 41 26 0/1 2/2 James Reimer H
Dec 30, 2017 NAS 0-3 L 128 29 29 0/3 4/5 Juuse Saros A

Chicago Blackhawks

Date Opponent score Result line shots shots against power play penalty kill opposing goalie Location
Jan 9, 2018 OTT 8-2 W -106 43 27 4/6 4/4 Craig Anderson A
Jan 7, 2018 EDM 4-1 W -129 29 33 0/3 1/1 Cam Talbot H
Jan 5, 2018 LV 4-5 L -135 32 43 0/2 2/2 Malcolm Subban H
Jan 3, 2018 NYR 5-2 W 124 35 25 0/1 5/6 Henrik Lundqvist A
Dec 31, 2017 CAL 3-4 L 122 37 39 0/2 0/2 Mike Smith A

 

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