Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks Odds - Free Pick 2/13/2016
This Saturday night at the United Center, the Anaheim Ducks roll into town to square-off against the Chicago Blackhawks as part of an extended seven-game road trip. The puck is set to drop at 8 p.m. (ET) and the game will be available on NHL Center Ice.
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Anaheim continues to improve its playoff position in the Pacific Division with a 7-2-1 record in its last 10 games, but it is coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to Columbus on Thursday night as a -145 road favorite. The Ducks have now lost two of their first three games of this extended road trip and they will be playing their fourth game in six nights. The total went OVER 5.5 in Thursday's loss and it has gone OVER in six of their last eight outings.
Offensively, Anaheim is ranked second to last in the NHL with just 2.3 goals a game, but it has now scored three or more goals in eight of their last nine games. Center Ryan Getzlaf leads the team is assists with 35 and despite suffering a broken nose in Thursday's loss he is listed as probable for this game. The Ducks' strength remains their defense with a goals-against average of 2.4 and they are ranked first in the league at killing penalties. Frederik Anderson has gotten the last two starts in goal and on the year he has a GAA of 2.30 in 25 starts.
The Blackhawks have now dropped their last two games following a 4-2 loss to Dallas on Thursday as -138 home favorites. It was just their seventh loss at home this season in 29 previous games. Overall, they are 36-18-4 this season and they have the most points in the West with 76. The total went OVER 5.5 in that loss and it has gone OVER in three of their last four games.
Chicago has been one of the better scoring teams in the NHL this season with an average of 2.8 goals a game, but it has only managed to score a total of 17 goals over its last nine games. It has been feast or famine during this stretch with 14 goals in four wins and three goals in five losses. Patrick Kane continues to lead the way with a team-high 77 points (33 goals and 44 assists) and while the Blackhawks have gone cold lately he remains hot with three goals and an assist in his last five games. Corey Crawford continues to get the majority of the starts in goal and his GAA is 2.17.
The Ducks have won their last four games against the Central Division and they are 5-0 in their last five games against a team with a winning record. The total has gone OVER in five of their last six road games.
The Blackhawks are 25-10 in their last 35 games playing on one day's rest and they are 21-7 in their last 28 games against a team from the Pacific Division. The total has gone OVER in three of their last five Saturday games.
Head-to-head in this matchup, the home team has won four of the last six meetings and the total has gone OVER in four of the last six games. Chicago is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks Prediction
Chicago has not been playing its best hockey as of late, but it is in excellent position to get a much needed win on Saturday night against the road weary Ducks. Plus, I cannot see the Blackhawks losing a third-straight game at home.