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NHL Pick: Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks

Overview

The Anaheim Ducks visit the United Center in Chicago tonight where they take on the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks have played the Ducks well of late winning 10 of the last 13 meetings including eliminating the Ducks in last years playoffs.

Head to Head Trends

Ducks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings.
Under is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings in Chicago.

Chicago Blackhawks (-140)

The Chicago Blackhawks are 1st in the Central Division with 76 points just 1 point up on the Dallas Stars but the Stars have 3 games in hand on the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks have been a fairly solid team most of the season but it wasn’t until just after Christmas that they really caught fire winning 12 games in a row and moved into 1st place.

The Blackhawks are probably the best home team in the league where they have a 21-7-1 record. At home the Blackhawks are averaging 2.90 goals per game on offense while allowing an incredible 1.66 goals per game on defense for a +1.24 goal differential.

Chicago Blackhawks Trends

Blackhawks are 19-7 in their last 26 overall.
Blackhawks are 64-21 in their last 85 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Anaheim Ducks (+130)

The Anaheim Ducks are 3rd in the Pacific Division with 60 points 9 points back of the 1st place LA Kings. The Ducks had a super slow start to the season winning just 1 of their first 10 games and I think they were shutout in 5 of their first 8 games which almost seems impossible but they managed to do it.

The Ducks are making up for that slow start winning 9 of their last 12 games and talk about a turn around on offense they have scored 4 or more goals in 7 of those 12 games. Even though the Ducks are playing a lot better of late they still struggle away from home where they are averaging just 1.96 goals of offense per game.

Anaheim Ducks Trends

Ducks are 9-3 in their last 12 overall.
Ducks are 1-10 in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.

Conclusion

I hate to go against the Ducks because they are playing extra good right now and I think they will continue to play well for the rest of the season but I have to go with the Blackhawks in this one as they are one of if not the best home team in the league.

Free Pick: Chicago Blackhawks (-140)

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Dean kicks ass at giving simple easy to read sports picks and includes the recent stats on both teams. He specializes in NHL and MLB, but also does NBA and Golf picks.

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