According to Online Sportsbooks, the Anaheim Ducks are a -135 betting favorite as they host the Chicago Blackhawks. The NHL Odds total for the game is 5 goals.
Things are starting to become interesting in the world of NHL picks as we are now down to the conference finals. In this afternoon’s game, the Anaheim Ducks host the Chicago Blackhawks in what should be a highly contested matchup. Anaheim doesn’t want to lose home-ice advantage. See who we think will win game 1 at the Pond in the NHL Western Conference Finals as our pick.
Surprisingly, Chicago played in some high scoring affairs as they defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-2 in the best of 7 while the Ducks dominated in 5 games over the Calgary Flames behind the play of goaltender, Frederik Andersen and star Corey Perry. This series could go the distance as both of these teams have been here before.
He doesn’t lead the Ducks in scoring, but Perry is what is known as a big money player. In the playoffs, he’s led the Ducks in scoring with 7 goals and 8 assists in just 9 games. He also leads Anaheim in plus-minus ratio and shots on goal. Simply stated, Perry has caught the right time to get hot. In his last 5 games alone, he’s score 4 goals and 4 assists.
While the Ducks will rely on the puck distribution of Ryan Getzlaf (2 goals, 10 assists) and clutch play of Matt Beleskey (5 goals), Anaheim won’t win this 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs series if Perry doesn’ t play well. Chicago has one of the best defenses in the league and Corey Crawford (5-1, 2.60 GAA) has been money between the pipes.
The Big 3?
No offense to the Miami Heat, but the Chicago Blackhawks have their own version of the Big 3 with Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and defenseman Duncan Keith.
Kane has played well in the playoffs with 7 goals and 6 assists in 10 games . He’s scored a goal in each of his last 5 games. What’s even better from a Chicago perspective is that Kane has played well against Anaheim in the past. In 3 games, he’s had 4 goals and 1 assist.
Along with Kane, Duncan Keith has always been known as one of the better defenders on the ice in the NHL, but his point total has increased steadily as he has 2 goals and 8 assists in 10 games in the playoffs. The offense has actually carried the defense and that’s very unusual for this Chicago team and Chicago contenders of the past.
Anaheim was expected to be here, but Chicago’s offense has really been on fire. Although I think that the Ducks have the advantage at goaltender with Frederik Andersen, look for the Blackhawks to upset the in game 1.
NHL Pick- Chicago Blackhawks +120 at YouWager