NHL Picks Ducks vs. Blackhawks -125

Ross Benjamin

Friday, January 17, 2014 1:05 PM GMT

The Blackhawks host the Ducks on Friday at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois with the opening faceoff slated for 8:05 PM ET. This will be a battle of currently the top two teams in the Western Conference.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks

According to NHL betting odds Chicago is a -125 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. These clubs have seen 16 of their last 21 meetings go under the total.

Any Hotter and it will Burn

The Anaheim Ducks can’t get much hotter than they already are. They’ve won the last 8, and 18 of their last 19-games overall. In addition they’ve earned at least 1-point in 21 of the last 22, and 24 of their last 26-games. The Ducks are coming off their most dominating win of the season, crushing the Vancouver Canucks 9-1 at home on Wednesday night. Entering that game the Canucks were the top penalty killing team in the NHL. The Ducks weren’t the least bit impressed by that statistic, as they cashed in on 6 power play goals in the contest. Anaheim has now gone over the total in 7 of their last 8-games, and scored 4-goals or more in 7 of those last 8 as well. Anaheim is currently on pace for an incredible 129-point season at the rate their going.  At the time of this writing, the Ducks led the Pacific Division by 13-points over 2nd place San Jose, and are 1st overall in the Western Conference 6-points ahead of the 2nd best Chicago Blackhawks.

Midseason Funk

Chicago enters tonight in a bit of a mini-slump having lost 6 of their last 9 overall. The Hawks have struggled to score goals in abundance in recent games. They scored 2-goals or less in 4 of the last 5, and 7 of their last 9-games. Online sportsbooks and NHL bettors alike have to know it’s just a matter of time before they get back on track. We can’t lose sight of the fact that this is a club that still currently averages 3.5 goals per game which is 2nd best in the NHL. They have a plethora of very skilled forwards, and a very mobile defense that loves to join the offensive rushes. The Hawks lead the Central Division by 2-points over the 2nd place St. Louis Blues, and are 2nd overall in the Western Conference 6-point behind tonight’s opponent.

NHL Betting System

Let's take a look at some key statistics before making our NHL picks for tonight. Play on any home team on the money line, versus an opponent that’s won 20 or more of their last 25-games, and is playing their 4th game in the last 7-days, has gone 19-7 (73.1%) since the beginning of the 1996-1997 year.

Free Pick: Chicago -125 over Anaheim

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