The Vancouver Canucks (7-6-0) take on the Chicago Blackhawks (6-3-3) at the Rogers Arena on Wednesday evening.
The Canucks will be in confident mood after moving into the second position in the Pacific Division with a 5-2 win against Minnesota Wild on home-ice on Monday. They’ve surpassed most NHL predictions this season to date.
Elias Pettersson and Bo Horvat each have seven goals for the Canucks, but with an average of just 2.70 Goals per Game as a team, the Canucks rank a lowly 25th position overall in the NHL at present. They have allowed 3.20 Goals per Game to date, leaving them 20th in the standings.
The Blackhawks went down to a 2-1 OT defeat on home-ice against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, despite having taken a 1st Period lead through Brent Seabrook.
Signed on! Forward Brandon Hagel has inked a 3-year entry-level deal that runs through the 2020-21 season ($925,000/AAV).— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) October 30, 2018
The forward will continue to play for the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL.https://t.co/uZaRk9IynS
That’s now two winless games in succession for the Blackhawks, who will be looking to bounce back against the Canucks in a game they will feel they should win.
The Blackhawks have little trouble lighting the lamp, with a Goals per Game average of 3.40, to leave them 10th in the overall standings. In 11-goal Patrick Kane, they can call upon the leading scorer in the NHL this season. Defensively they are somewhat less impressive, allowing a hefty 3.60 Goals per Game, to leave them 24th overall. Their Power Play PCT of 12.2 leaves them in a lowly in 28th spot, while their Penalty Kill PCT of 75.7 is 22nd overall.
The Blackhawks are the narrow favourites on the Money Line odds and their greater goal-scoring ability makes them the tips here.
Pick: Money Line – Chicago Blackhawks @ -120 (Betway)