Bet 'Under' for Ducks vs Blackhawks NHL Picks

David Lawrence

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 12:03 PM GMT

The Anaheim Ducks are coming off a chippy affair where they combined with the San Jose Sharks for 165 penalty minutes. Now they find themselves as a road dog on the NHL betting lines in Chicago. Can they bounce back?

The Anaheim Ducks Can Win Because…
Aside from their latest effort, they have been the best team in the NHL. Heading into the San Jose Sharks game, the Ducks had won seven straight games and were on fire. Goaltender Fredrik Andersen had won 10 straight regular season starts while posting a 1.77 GAA over that span. Anaheim had allowed one goal or less in five of their seven wins while scoring three or more in six of the seven games themselves. That’s dominance.

The Sharks game was just a blip on the radar. The Anaheim Ducks got off their game and got into all sorts of non-sense with fighting and penalties. If they focus on hockey, they’ll get back on track. Chicago is not bulletproof. Although their 5-2-1 record on the year looks good in real life, it’s only 5-3 to bettors and considering how much juice the Blackhawks typically lay, that means they aren’t a profitable bet. Chicago is just 3-3 in their last six. Anaheim can take advantage.

 

The Chicago Blackhawks Can Win Because…
They’ll be at home. The Blackhawks are an impressive 4-0-1 at the United Center so far this season as their defense has shined in front of the home audience. Whether it’s been Corey Crawford, Antti Raanta or Scott Darling in net, the Blackhawks have maintained they’re level of elite goaltending. So far, they haven’t allowed more than two goals in any home game and are averaging just 1.2 goals per game allowed.

The Blackhawks should get Crawford back between the pipes as he’s missed the last few games. He had a stellar start to the season, going 3-0-1 with a 1.66 GAA. For his career, he’s compiled a 1.97 GAA versus Anaheim.

The Ducks have a good record but most of their damage was done at home. They’ve played just four road games and while they’ve won three of them, the wins came against Detroit, Buffalo and Philadelphia. That’s not exactly inspiring. Roll with the Blackhawks here.

 

Outlook & Pick
This is going to be a tough stretch of hockey for the Ducks, so you may want to go against them on the NHL odds. They have the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, the Dallas Stars on Friday and the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

It’s a tricky game to handicap as the Blackhawks have been up and down overall (lost two of three) but are strong at home. Meanwhile, Anaheim has been good overall but tends to be dicey on the road. That’s makes the side play a tossup. What we do know is the Blackhawks defense and goaltending have been strong, so we’ll bank on an under in this one for our NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Under 5.5 at Bodog

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