NHL Picks: Ducks vs. Blackhawks

Ross Benjamin

Friday, December 6, 2013 1:39 PM GMT

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 1:39 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. We take a look at the stats and NHL odds to break down our choice for our NHL pick.

According to NHL betting odds Chicago is a -175 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. These two clubs have seen their last 7 meetings in Chicago all go under the total. The home team has won 15 of the last 22-games in this series.

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Hitting the Proverbial Wall
 
After a fantastic 15-4 start to the season, the Ducks have lost 8 of their last 11-games. The Ducks have also lost 6 of their last 7 road games, after starting the year by winning 7 of their first 11 in that role. They’ve been a little bit unlucky in the last 2-games losing both via an overtime shootout. The Ducks have failed to go under the total in any of their last 5-games. The Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf is currently 3rd in the NHL in scoring with 32-points. This will be just the 2nd game in the last 6-days for Anaheim. Goaltender Jonas Hiller was superb in the Ducks last game stopping 49 of 51 Los Angeles Kings shots on goal in a losing cause.
 
Heart of a Champion
 
The Blackhawks have taken everyone’s best shot so far this season, and have accounted themselves superbly. The Hawks entered last night’s game at Minnesota having won 6 of their last 7, 11 of the last 14, and 14 of their last 18-games. Ironically they suffered a 4-3 home loss to Dallas on Wednesday. It was just the 5th loss in regulation time in their first 29-games of the season. This will be the Hawks 3rd game in the last 4-days. The Hawks are a dynamic offensive team averaging 3.5 goals per game which is tops in the NHL.
Final Analysis
 
This matchup involves the top scoring team in the NHL (Chicago), who has gone over the total in 15 of their last 20-games, versus an opponent (Anaheim) that’s recently been playing on the high side of the number. I have a small lean toward a high scoring game for my NHL pick.
 
Free Pick: Anaheim/Chicago Over 5.5
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