NHL Picks: Dog to Hold Value in Hurricanes vs. Blackhawks Matchup

Ross Benjamin

Monday, March 2, 2015 2:11 PM GMT

There are only three games on the NHL board today but that doesn’t stop us from identifying betting value. Read this NHL preview article on tonight’s clash between Carolina and Chicago which culminates with our selection in this game.

Hurricanes at the United Center in Chicago
The Chicago Blackhawks will host the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday at 8:35 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Bovada, Chicago is a -220 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. This will be the first meeting of the season between these two teams. Chicago won both encounters versus Carolina a season ago by identical 3-2 scores, and each of those games stayed under the total of 5.5.

 

Playing for Pride and showing a Huge Profit
The Carolina Hurricanes aren’t mathematically eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoff race as of yet. However, for all intents and purposes it would take a monumental miracle in order for them to be part of the postseason. Much to the Hurricanes credit, their effort level on the ice hasn’t waned whatsoever of late, despite being virtually eliminated from the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Carolina enters tonight winners of their last three games in a row. The Canes have also gone a very profitable 14-10 against the money line in their previous twenty-four games, and nine of those wins came in the role of an underdog. As a matter of fact, NHL money line bettors who wagered $100 on Carolina during that recent stretch have shown a profit of $770. Cam Ward is slated to be in goal for Carolina this evening, and he’s gone 4-0 in his last four starts while compiling a stellar .923 save percentage.

 

Hassling Hawks
As I mentioned in one of my NHL betting preview articles last week, there’s been some turmoil in the Chicago Blackhawks locker room that’s boiled over recently. Although you won’t get any of the Chicago brass or players to outwardly admit to it, their play on the ice certainly lends credence to that claim. The Hawks have gone 2-4 in the last six, and are just 17-17 against the money line during their previous thirty-four games. They’ve also gone a dismal 4-7 against the money line in their last seven games at home. Chicago has averaged just 1.86 goals per game over their last seven contests. Despite their recent struggles, and mediocre play since the middle of December, the Blackhawks are third in the Central Division, and have the fourth most points (79) in the Western Conference.

Final Analysis
Based on pure value, this looks like a prime spot to take a calculated risk on the huge money line road underdog. I’m going to be doing exactly that when making one of my NHL picks on Monday.

Free NHL Picks: Play on Carolina +175 on the money line over Chicago at 5Dimes.