Back Blackhawks As Your NHL Pick Against Losing Wild (19-53)

Dana Lane

Sunday, March 20, 2016 3:45 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 20, 2016 3:45 PM UTC

Chicago Blackhawks will be in full revenge mode after being beaten 6-1 in last month's Stadium Series game. Will Minnesota Wild be able to kee up? See my NHL picks inside.

Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks
What was impressive about last month's 6-1 beat down of the Chicago Blackhawks was the Minnesota Wild didn't have much to play for at the time.  Head Coach, Mike Yeo, was relieved of his duties and the team was way out of the playoff race but statistically and mentally.  Enter John Torchetti and the club sits just one point out of a playoff spot in the West.  

The biggest difference is attitude. Torchetti breathed life into a franchise that had a head coach that didn't have any answers.  Yeo would repeatedly tell the media that their losses were because of different reasons every night.  That is a leader without answers.  Surprisingly enough the Wild have now beaten Chicago three straight times and come in with confidence against a team that is considered to be in the upper tier of the league.  

We are going with the Blackhawks here at a price that's higher than what we are usually comfortable with but even at -175 on the NHL odds boards we'd recommend that you get this game as soon as possible considering it looks as if the number will rise.  

When you handicap both sides it's difficult to believe that the Wild cam match the Hawks fire power despite their season long success. The Wild average 2.63 goals per game which ranks them in the bottom half of the league. The Wild will be without winger Jason Pomenville again as he will miss his sixth straight games with a lower body injury. With Pomenville out of the line-up the Wild have lost three of the five.  Pomenville has the ability to beat defenders one on one and is a great lockeroom guy. Depth winger Ryan Carter will also not travel with the team with an upper body injury.  Carter is a physical player who's specialty is blocking shots. So even with Scott Darling starting in goal for the Hawks today I'm not sure the Wild will have the firepower to beat them.  


Betting Analysis
Before we jump because we see a backup in goal for the Hawks let's not forget that Scott darling is coming off of pitching a shutout against the Winnipeg Jets, Friday, and if it wasn't for Darling the Blackhawks may not have won last year's Stanley Cup.  Corey Crawford was not playing well forcing Joel Quenneville to rotate goaltenders until Crawford was out of his slump.  

This has never been a spot that has favored the Wild.  In their last 72 road games against teams who have won 60% of their home games or better, Minnesota is a horrific 19-53. To expect them to go in to the United Center where Chicago is 119-54 in their last 173 games is a tough sell when deciding today's NHL picks.  @DanaLaneSports.

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NHL Pick: Chicago -175
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