NHL Picks: Struggling Wild Won't Survive the Blackhawks Attack

Bruce Webster

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 12:24 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 12:24 PM UTC

The Minnesota Wild face Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday and we are ready to break down the NHL odds to bring you the best NHL picks out there! Let's make some money!

Lines: Chicago -140/ Minnesota +127
Total: 5
The Minnesota Wild come in having lost three in a row and six of their last seven following a hard fought 3-4 loss at home to Dallas on Saturday night, while the Chicago Blackhawks are off a tough 3-2 road loss to the Kings, but have still won five of their last eight games. The host has won 14 of the last 19 games in this series and the NHL odds show as much.


Wild Struggling at Both Ends of the Ice
Minnesota comes in having won just one of their last seven games and it has been a struggle for them to score and a struggle for them to stop teams from scoring. Let’s start at the defensive end first, where the Wild have allowed four or more goals in three of their last six games and three or more goals in each of their last ten losses. Devan Dubnyk is just 1-5 in his last six starts and has allowed three or more goals in each of the losses. He should get the start here and is 5-6 with a 3.58 GAA vs. the Blackhawks in his career.

On offense they have had their struggles of late as well as they have scored just 13 goals in their last six losses. This team has not had many scoring issues this year as they are 8th in the league in scoring, putting up 2.9 gpg, while also ranking 13th in power play conversions. Thomas Vanek is the leader of the offense with 10 goals on the year, while Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter lead the team in points with 20 each. On defense the Wild are 21st in goals allowed (2.8 gpg) and 29th in penalty kill.


Blackhawks Let One Get Away in Los Angeles
The Chicago Blackhawks went into Los Angeles playing pretty well, but they walk out with a loss. Chicago got a goal from Patrick Kane in the first period to take a 1-0 lead and then they had a 2-0 lead in the second period on a goal by Niklas Hjalmarsson. From there on, it was all Los Angeles as Jeff Carter and Marian Gaborik both scored in the third period to tie it, before Marian Gaborik scored his 2nd goal of the game in OT to win it. The goal by Patrick Kane set a new American record for most games in a row with a point. It was his 19th in a row.

Taking the loss in the game was Scott Darling who is now just 2-4 with a 2.58 GAA on the year. Getting the start in this one should be Corey Crawford, who is 11-7 with a 2.54 GAA on the year, while vs Minnesota in his career, he is 7-7 with a 2.28 GAA. The Blackhawks check in ranked 12th in the league in scoring at 2.8 gpg, while they have been strong on the power play, where they are 5th in the league. On defense they have been very average, ranking 15th in goals allowed (2.6 gpg) and 16th in penalty kill.


Trends for Minnesota:
15-51 in their last 66 road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600

1-7 in their last eight road games


Trends for Chicago:
47-14 in their last 61 home games vs. a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400

14-5 in their last 19 after scoring two goals or less in their previous game

The Wild are just not playing all that well right now and you can bet that Chicago is just itching to get back out there after blowing their lead in Los Angeles in their last game. Minnesota has been horrible on the road vs good home teams, while the Blackhawks have been very strong at home vs weak road teams and we note that the Wild are just 5-16 their last 21 games played in this building. It all sets up nicely for a Chicago win and we are using that for our NHL picks.

Free NHL Pick: Chicago -135 at BetOnline

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