Puck bettors looking to gain an edge when it comes to measuring home ice advantage will want to pay attention to Friday’s Chicago Blackhawks-Minnesota Wild clash at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild are a spotless 4-0-0 in front of their home fans this season, while the Hawks are a paltry 1-3-0 away from Illinois so far.
- Blackhawks are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
- The UNDER is 5-0 in the Blackhawks’ last 5 road games.
- The Wild are 4-0 in their last 4 home games.
Blackhawks backup goaltender Scott Darling is expected to get the nod in between the pipes. The 26-year-old is 1-1-0 with a 2.51 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in two appearances this year. Countering for Minny is Devan Dubnyk (6-2-0, 2.37, .902).
Scoring 5-on-5 has not been an easy task for the Blackhawks as of late. Chicago hasn’t found the back of the net at even strength since Artem Anisimov found twine in a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Oct. 22.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Betting fans looking to side with the Minnesota Wild in this one found them earlier as -131 favorites on the NHL money line at Bet365. Betting the over under total instead? It was hovering near 5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.
Odds – VSB
prediction models pick the Blackhawks to win this game 3-2.5. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Minnesota will face the 6-4-0 Blackhawks. In totals betting, the Wild are 2-3-2 in over under betting so far this season while the Chicago Blackhawks are 0-8-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Chicago injuries news.
The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Minnesota Wild rated this week at No. 4 and the Chicago Blackhawks sitting at No. 19.
Offensively, the game matches up the Minnesota Wild No. 9-ranked offense (3.11 goals per game) against a Chicago Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 2 at 1.9 goals per game allowed. The Wild powerplay has clicked at a 23.33% rate while the Blackhawks have a 85.71% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Blackhawks were a 3-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Jets. That made winners of bettors who got Winnipeg at -102 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for OVER bettors.
Minnesota won its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Oilers on October 27. Bettors who backed the Wild at -180 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
- Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chicago’s last 9 games
- Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago’s last 5 games on the road
- Minnesota is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
- Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
- Minnesota is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing Chicago
- Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
Next Betting Matchups
Chicago home to Los Angeles, Monday, November 2nd
Minnesota at St. Louis, Saturday, October 31st