Back Dog With NHL Picks in Blackhawks vs. Ducks

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 1:32 PM GMT

The Ducks host the Blackhawks on Wednesday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California with the opening faceoff slated for 10:35 PM ET. We look at the lines on offer, and offer up our favorite NHL picks for you to consider.

According to NHL betting odds Anaheim is a -120 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. Tonight will be a meeting of the two top teams in the Western Conference. Currently the Ducks are 1st overall with a slim 3-point lead on the Blackhawks. These teams have seen 10 of their last 13 meetings stay under the total. Anaheim has gone 5-1 in their last 6-games versus Chicago. Chicago has won just 5 of their last 28-games at Anaheim.

There’s a Crack in the Duck Pond

The Anaheim Ducks went through their first 22 home games this season without suffering a loss during regulation. Since then they’ve gone 2-4 at the Honda Center. As a matter of fact The Ducks are just 1-3 in their current 5-game in 9-day home stand. In their most recent game they fell 4-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. Anaheim enters tonight as the #3 scoring team in the NHL averaging 3.3 goals per game. However, they’ve scored 2-goals or less in 6 of their last 9-games. The good news is that the Ducks have gone 18-6 in their last 24-games after scoring 2-goals or less in their previous game.

Long and Winding Road

Tonight will be the Blackhawks 5th straight road game, and their next 2 following tonight will also be on the road. After tonight they will travel to Phoenix to take on the Coyotes on Friday, and that will be their final game before the Olympic break. They will resume action after the break by playing yet another road tilt versus the Rangers on February 27th which will conclude a stretch of 7 consecutive road games. The Hawks come off an impressive performance in a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. Patrick Kane was the star of the game with 2-goals and 1 assist. Despite the win the Hawks are just 4-10 in their last 14 road games versus the money line, and they’re 5-9 in their last 14 overall. Excluding pushes the Hawks have gone over the total in 18 of their last 26 road games.

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NHL Betting System

Before we make our NHL picks, let's take a look at some trends. Any money line road underdog of between +100 to +200,  that converts on 17.5% or better of their power play chances for the season, and they’ve had 30 or more shots on goal in each of their last 5-games, has gone 58-29 (66.7%) over the last 5 seasons.

Free Pick: Chicago +100 over Anaheim