Wild vs. Blackhawks to go Under the Total of 5.0

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, April 3, 2014 1:24 PM GMT

Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014 1:24 PM GMT

Minnesota travels to Chicago on Thursday for a Central Division showdown with the Blackhawks. The NHL betting odds on this contest were just released this morning. Our sports pick expert already has the scoop on this contest and a free pick on the total.

The Weigh In
The Blackhawks will be hosting the Wild on Thursday at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois with the face-off slated for 8:05 PM ET. The game will be televised nationally in the United States by the NBC Sports Network. According to NHL betting odds Chicago is a -165 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0. Minnesota has defeated Chicago in 3 of their 4 meetings this season. The home team has taken 9 of the last 13-games between these clubs. The Wild have seen 6 of their last 7-games played in Chicago go over the total. Chicago is 3rd in the Central Division, and 5th overall in the Western Conference. Minnesota is 4th in the Central, and 7th overall in the West.

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Hawks Need to Regain Focus
The Blackhawks have already clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference. However, their main concern right now is attempting to build some momentum heading into the postseason. Chicago has been in a bit of funk recently losing their last 3, and 4 of the last 5-games. As a matter of fact the defending Stanley Cup champions have gone just 13-19 versus the money line in their last 32-games. The Hawks have gone under the total in 10 of their last 12-games overall. The good news for Chicago is they’re back on home ice where they’ve won 4 of the last 5, and are 24-14 versus the money line this season. Chicago has 6 regular season games left to play, and they’re 3-points behind Colorado for the crucial 4th spot in the Western Conference. If the season were to end today, those two clubs would be meeting in the 1st round of the playoffs, and Colorado would possess home ice advantage.

 

Wild about Playoff Chances
The Minnesota Wild has yet to clinch a playoff spot but they’re certainly in a very favorable position to do so. Following tonight’s game in Chicago, the Wild will play 4 of their 5 remaining regular season games on home ice where they’ve earned at least 1-point in 27 of 36 contests. Tonight will be the finale of a 4-game in 8-day road trip that’s seen them go 2-1 thus far. They last played on Monday, and were a 3-2 winner at the Staples Center in Los Angeles over the Kings. They currently hold a 4-point lead over both Phoenix and Dallas who are tied for the final playoff spot in the West.

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Final Analysis
I look for this to be a tight checking playoff type of game with scoring being at a premium. My lean here for my hockey picks is toward a low scoring affair.

Free Hockey Pick: Minnesota/Chicago to go Under the Total of 5.0 

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