NHL Picks: Bet a More Consistent Blackhawks to Win Against Ducks

SBR Staff

Friday, November 27, 2015 12:22 PM GMT

The Chicago Blackhawks are 2-2 on this road trip after beating the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Wednesday night, while the Anaheim Ducks are off a 4-2 loss at Arizona. Check our NHL pick here.

Kane Extends Point Streak to 17 Games in Win vs. Sharks
Patrick Kane may have had some off the ice legal problems this year, but on the ice he has had no problems at all Kane leads the team in goals with 13 and recently had a streak of scoring a goal in seven straight games. He hasn’t scored a goal in his last 4 games, but has six points in those games and now has a streak of 17 straight games with at least a point. His 34 points not only leads the team, but the league as well.

Getting the win for the Blackhawks was Corey Crawford, who is now 10-7 on the year with a 2.57 GAA. He should get the start in this game and has gone 10-5 with a very solid 1.74 GAA in his career vs the Ducks, Chicago checks in at 10th in the league in scoring at 2.8 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots per game and 10th in power play conversions (20.3%). On the defensive end of the ice they are 13th in goals allowed (2.6 gpg) and 20th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 21% of their chances.

 

Win One, Lose One for the Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks are in a little stretch where they have alternated wins and losses, which really makes it hard for a team to put together some momentum. In their last game they took on the Arizona Coyotes on the road and walked away with a 4-2 loss, which had followed a 5-3 home win over Calgary, which followed a 5-0 loss at Tampa bay, which followed a 3-1 loss at Florida, which followed… Oh you get the point. It was Arizona’s 3rd win over Anaheim this year. Taking the loss against the Coyotes was John Gibson, who is now 1-1 with a 2.20 GAA on the year.

Getting the start in this one should be Frederik Andersen, who is 4-11 on the year with a 2.54 GAA. Andersen is 0-3 with a 2.67 GAA in his career vs the Blackhawks. Anaheim has not been a very good offensive team and they check in at 29th in scoring, putting up 1.9 gpg, while also ranking 18th in shots taken and 11th in power play conversions. On defense they come in at 7th in the league in goals allowed (2.7 gpg), but they have been strong on the penalty kill, where they rank 1st in the league, allowing teams to convert on just 12.3% of their chances.

 

Trends
Chicago is:

8-2 in their last 10 vs. the Pacific.

4-1 in the last five meetings in the series

Anaheim is:

3-8 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning record

5-16 in their last 21 vs. the Western Conference

Even though this is a spot for Anaheim to pick up a win, I will go with the Blackhawks, who are the much more consistent team this year, especially on offense and especially with Patrick Kane in the lineup. The Blackhawks have played well in this series of late and that should continue here as they pick up a big road win. Against the NHL odds, take Chicago as the NHL pick.

NHL Pick: Blackhawks -102 at Heritage

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