NHL Picks: Bet "Under" in Battle Between Hawks & Ducks

Ross Benjamin

Friday, November 28, 2014 2:08 PM GMT

Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 2:08 PM GMT

The Blackhawks and the Ducks meet today in a rare weekday afternoon NHL game between two of the best teams in the Western Conference. We have all the pertinent NHL betting information you need in this game, and this article also includes a superb 38-10 betting angle.

Black Friday NHL Matinee Clash
The Ducks will host the Blackhawks on Friday afternoon at the Honda Center in Anaheim with the opening face-off slated for 8:05 PM ET. According to the NHL odds at SBR, the Ducks are a -115 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.5. These teams met once already this season on October 28th, and the Ducks skated away with a 1-0 win at Chicago. The Blackhawks won 2 of the 3-games played between these teams a season ago.


Long Road Trip for the Hawks
The Chicago Blackhawks will be playing 5th of a 6-game in 10-day road trip today. They’ve won 3 of the first 4 on the trip, and are coming off a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Denver on Wednesday. Cory Crawford is listed as the probable starting goaltender for the Hawks today. Crawford has seen just 5 of his 16-starts go over the total while compiling a stellar .926 save percentage in those outings. Today will be the 13th consecutive game for Chicago in which Crawford has been the starter. The Hawks penalty killing has been outstanding to start the year.  Opponents have gone only 6-for-64 (9.6%) on the power play versus Chicago this season. Chicago has seen just 6 of their first 22-games go over the total, and that includes just 3 of the first 11 on the road.


Ducks Regain the Momentum
After going through a 12-game stretch where they went just 4-8, the Anaheim Ducks have rebounded by winning their last 3. The Ducks enter today’s game having gone over the total in just 4 of their last 19-games. They’ve also seen 10 of their 12-games go under the total at the Honda Center in Anaheim this season, and that includes all 8 times when the total is 5.5.  This will be the 10th game in a row for the Ducks in which Frederik Andersen will be their starting goaltender. He’s gone 11-6 this season with a very good .923 save percentage.


Final Analysis
Chicago is coming off a division road win at Colorado in their previous game. They enter today with a money line record of 13-9 (.591) on the year. The Ducks are 14-9 against the money line to start the year. These exact factors lead me right to a totals betting system that I will definitely utilize when making one of my NHL picks today.

Any road team playing in the 1st half of the season, coming off a road win versus a division foe, and they have a winning percentage of .510 to .600, versus an opponent with a winning record, has seen 38 of those 48-games (79.2%) go under the total since 1996.

Free NHL Pick: Chicago/Anaheim to go under the total of 5.5 at 5Dimes

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