NHL Picks: The Blackhawks are the Biggest Bang for your Buck Sunday

Bruce Webster

Sunday, December 13, 2015 2:04 PM GMT

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 2:04 PM GMT

The Canucks come in off a hard fought win over the Rangers & have now won 2 games in a row, while the Blackhawks enter off a 2-0 win over the Jets and have now won 3 of their last 4 games.

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NHL Pick: Chicago Blackhawks
Best Line Offered: -170 at 5Dimes


Canucks Top Rangers But Lose Key Piece
On Wednesday night the Vancouver Canucks topped the New York Rangers by a score of 2-1, but in the process they lost defenseman Dan Hamhuis to a broken jaw, which will keep him out at least two months. The injury occurred when he took a slap shot right in the face. In the game the Canucks got a goal from Alexander to take a 1-0 lead in the third period and after the Rangers tied it a few minutes later it was Daniel Sedin that broke the tie for good with a goal at the 9:24 mark of the final period. It was a wild third period, which was also the period that Hamhuis got injured in. He only had four assists on the year, but still was a very solid defender and the Canucks’ defense will struggle without him. 

Grabbing the win in goal for the team was Ryan Miller, who stopped 32 shots in the game. Miller is now 9-15 on the year with a 2.50 GAA on the year. He should get the start here as well and is 4-3 with a 2.37 GAA in his career vs the Blackhawks. The Canucks check in at 16th in the league in scoring, putting up 2.6 gpg, while also ranking 14th in power play conversions (18.9%), while on the defensive end of the Ice they come in at 19th in goals allowed, giving up 2.7 gpg and 17th in penalty kill (80.4). 


Crawford Blanks Jets, Kane’s Streak Lives On
The Chicago Blackhawks just had a tough two game set with the Preds and and were coming off a 5-1 loss in game two of that series, but they were able to bounce back on Friday night behind another strong performance from Corey Crawford, who stopped 25 shots in the 2-0 win. Crawford has now had three solid outing in a row, winning all three games, while allowing a total of two goals over that stretch. For the year he is now 14-9 with a 2.33 GAA. He should get the start here as well and is 6-7 with a 2.52 GAA in his career vs the Canucks.

On the offensive end what more can be said of Patrick Kane? He is just playing on another level than the rest of the NHL In the win over the Canucks he scored a goal for the 6th time in his last seven games and extended his point streak to 25 in a row. He now has 19 goals, which is 2nd in the league behind Jamie Benn’s 20, while his 45 total points leads the league by five over Benn. Jonathan Toews (9th) also scored in the win. The Blackhawks are 10th in scoring at 2.7 gpg and 5th in power play conversions (22.2%), while on defense they are 13th in goals allowed (2.5 gpg) and 14th in penalty kill (81%). 


Vancouver Trends:
1-6 in their last seven games playing on three or more days rest
1-7 in their last eight road games

Chicago Trends:
50-13 in their last 63 vs. a team with a winning percentage below .400
17-8 in their last 25 games playing on one day’s rest


Betting Analysis
The Canucks have won two in a row, but so far this year they have yet to win three games in a row and I don’t expect it to happen in this one. They have struggled on the road this year and the Blackhawks know how to beat up on poor road teams at home. The Blackhawks have the better offense and defense and should walk away with a rather easy win in this one as one of your NHL Picks

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