If you’re not busy on Wednesday, flip on TSN (or whatever channel it will be on your NHL Centre Ice package) to catch the Vancouver Canucks-Chicago Blackhawks contest. It’s going to be a dandy. How can we cash in off of this matchup?

These two teams hate each other quite a bit and have cultured one of the better rivalries in recent seasons. Wednesday’s matchup should be extra special as the Blackhawks have picked up their game recently, which should make this matchup far more evenly matched than most people expect.

The Blackhawks are 8-1-1 in their last 10 while the Canucks have picked up just three wins (and seven losses) in that span. This game will be intense.

Wednesday, March 21st

The NHL odds are at a deadlock, as sportsbooks have opened this game as a pick em'. While the Canucks have been a solid team all season long, the Blackhawks are finally starting to play at their full potential. This being said, either one of these teams could skate away with the victory, meaning that this matchup's total might be where we can find the best NHL betting value. 

Lets go over this matchup and decide which side of the lines we want to be on when it comes time to place our NHL picks.

The Vancouver Canucks can win because…

Canucks vs. BlackhawksThey’ve been stellar in big games all season long.

On the year, the Canucks are now 17-9 against teams with a winning record and had it not been for consistent letdowns against the weaker foes, they’d be the Presidents’ Trophy champs far and away by now. Case and point: the Canucks have cost bettors -230 Buffalo, -230 to Dallas, -250 to Montreal, -200 to Phoenix and -220 to Minnesota in their last five losses. Against winning teams on the year, they’ve produced a profit of 5.3 units.

The Blackhawks are playing well but they’re without their best player: captain Jonathan Toews. The team is playing well without him but there’s no question that they need him in games like this to get the job done.

Throw in the fact that’s a back-to-back situation for the Blackhawks and their third game in four nights, and the Canucks should have the edge.

The Chicago Blackhawks can win because…

The Canucks are in a big slump. They have just three wins in their last 10 games and their efforts have been wildly inconsistent. The Canucks don’t have a whole lot to play for as their main goal is to be fresh for the playoffs.

On the flip side, the Blackhawks are on fire and have a lot to gain from a win on Tuesday.

Chicago has won eight of 10 and both of their goaltenders have been outstanding. It started with Ray Emery in the first part of the hot streak, who had a good stretch in the early part of March. Recently, Corey Crawford has stepped in and played phenomenally.

Crawford has won four straight while giving up just four goals in the process. He’s actually been peppered with shots throughout but he’s posted a .952 save percentage in that span. When the Blackhawks have confidence in their goaltenders, they’re in great shape.

The Blackhawks are a strong home team as they’ve 25 of 32 games at the United Center. They’re also 21-11 when playing there with a total of 5.5. All signs point to a win for them.

Outlook & NHL Betting Prediction:

-110 both ways is quite the fitting line. The Blackhawks have actually played better of the two teams recently but the Canucks are simply on cruise control. Even so, this game is a complete coin flip.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at the three meetings between these two teams so far this season: Canucks win 6-2, Blackhawks win 5-1, Canucks win 3-2 (OT). 

The best play here is to take the over. While Crawford has played well, don’t be surprised if the Canucks get up for this game. As for the Blackhawks, they seem to know what buttons to push to get pucks past the Canucks goaltenders. Although the total is set at 5.5, only one of the last eight meetings has seen less than five goals so the over figures to be in play all the way throughout.

NHL Picks: Over