Blackhawks to Trick Canucks and Treat Themselves To Road Win

Jimmy Murphy

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 6:14 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 6:14 PM UTC

In the only game on Wednesday's NHL schedule, Chicago will improve its road record to 4-1-1 by beating host Vancouver in a matchup of teams that have been surprisingly good early this season.

Murphy's 2018-19 NHL picks record: 18-16-2

Chicago (6-3-3 SU, 6-6 ATS) at Vancouver (7-6 SU, 7-6 ATS)Wednesday, 10 p.m. ET (NHLN)Free NHL Pick: Blackhawks MLBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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The Blackhawks will begin a three-game roadie out west (Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary) with a win at Vancouver in the only game on the NHL slate on Halloween night. Chicago is 3-1-1 on the road and 3-2 against the spread, and while the Canucks are 3-2 and have the same record against the spread at home, Rogers Arena will prove to be a spooky place for the home team Wednesday as the Hawks continue to be road warriors. This game pits the next generation against the current with the en fuego Patrick Kane, who comes in on a six-game point streak with six goals and four assists in that span, against rookie sensation Elias Pettersson, who with two goals in the Canucks' 5-2 win over the Wild on Monday became just the third player in team history to light the lamp seven times in the first seven games of his career. On Wednesday, though, it will be future Hall of Famer Kane and the Blackhawks who steal the spotlight in a nationally televised game in the United States.

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Patrick Kane (11-7—18) extended his point streak to six games and now trails only Mikko Rantanen (5-16—21) for the most points in the NHL this season. #NHLStats #EDMvsCHI pic.twitter.com/SKp39YVcLU

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 28, 2018
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This was supposed to be a down season for both the Blackhawks and Canucks, with the former seemingly coming to the end of their dynasty run that saw them win three Stanley Cups in the last eight seasons and the latter publicly acknowledge they are in rebuilding mode. Kane, second-year star in the making Alex DeBrincat and rookie defenseman Henri Jokiharju apparently have other ideas and have helped the Blackhawks stay in contention in the Western Conference. Chicago entered the season at +3500 to win the Stanley Cup but can now be had at BetOnline at +4000.

Pettersson and young, rising stars Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser have helped the Canucks look like maybe they're in a retool-on-the-fly mode as opposed to a full rebuild. The Canucks, who were tied with the Sharks for first place in the Pacific Division through Monday's games, entered the season at +12,500 to host the Cup, but can now be had at +8000.

The Blackhawks are 6-6 against the spread. Chicago has scored 41 goals and allowed 43. They’re 7-5-0 on the over/under, 4-1-0 on the road, and 6-6 on the puck line. Kane leads the team with 11 goals and 18 points. He’s tied with Duncan Keith and Jokiharju for the assists lead with seven. DeBrincat has eight goals and six assists.

The Canucks are 7-6 against the spread. Vancouver has scored 36 goals and allowed 42. They’re 5-8 on the over/under and 3-2 at home, 7-6 on the puck line, and 3-2 at Rogers Arena. Horvat leads the team in points with 10 and is tied with Pettersson for the team lead in goals with seven. Boeser and defenseman Alexander Edler are tied for the team lead in assists with five each.

Goaltending Matchup

For the Blackhawks, Corey Crawford should get the start between the pipes. He’s 3-2-0 with a 2.44 GAA and .919 save percentage. Backup Cam Ward is 3-1-0-3 with a 3.92 GAA and .889 save percentage.

For the Canucks, Jacob Markstrom will get the start. He’s 4-3-0 with a 3.09 GAA and .909 save percentage.

M*A*S*H Report

For the Blackhawks, defenseman Connor Murphy is out for the next six weeks with a back injury.

For the Canucks, Edler is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Goalie Anders Nilsson is day-to-day with a fractured finger. Forward Sven Baertschi has an upper-body injury. Forward Jay Beagle is on injured reserve with a forearm injury. Forward Brandon Sutter is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Defenseman Chris Tanev is day-to-day with a hip injury.

Prediction: Blackhawks 4, Canucks 3

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