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Will Chicago continue resurgence vs dwindling Ducks?

The Chicago Blackhawks will welcome the Anaheim Ducks to the United Center tonight and are on an upward swing in the Western Conference playoff picture. Chicago sits one point out of a wild-card spot in the West and is 4-2 SU in its last six games. The Blackhawks opened as heavy favorites versus the hobbled Ducks, who have many key players on the injured list.

SHARK BITES
  • The Ducks are 3-1 SU in their last four games against the Blackhawks.
  • Chicago is 5-1 ATS in its last six games.
  • The Ducks are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games after consecutive losses.

The Ducks are almost a shell of the team that finished third in the West last season. Anaheim has three of its top centers missing for tonight’s action with Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler on IR and Rickard Rakell doubtful for this matchup due to the ambiguous “upper-body injury.” And it’s shown in the Ducks’ inability to bury the puck as they currently rank 26th in goals scored per game at 2.70. Bettors should consider fading the Ducks, losers of three straight, until they get some of their top forwards back on the ice.

The Blackhawks are coming off a three-game road trip that saw them go 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS and are starting to hit their stride. Patrick Kane has picked up his scoring pace with seven points in his last five games and scored two against a tough Tampa Bay Lightning squad. Their moneyline opened at -175 so if bettors plan to back Chicago in this one, consider their -1.5 puckline that opened at +166.

The total opened at 5.5 goals and the UNDER may be the best wager for this matchup.  The total has gone UNDER in four of Anaheim’s last five games and as I mentioned, the Ducks are having a tough time scoring goals. On the other hand, the UNDER has hit in four of Chicago’s last five games at home. When you finally factor in the UNDER has hit in two of the last three in this matchup, bettors may want to look elsewhere for a high-scoring game.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Anaheim Ducks were listed as +149 underdogs on the NHL hockey moneyline earlier at Bet365. The OVER/UNDER total was set at 5.5 before betting started earlier on Monday at Bovada.

OddsShark score prediction models pick a 3.8-2.2 result in favor of the Blackhawks today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Anaheim Ducks vs Chicago Blackhawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Blackhawks sit at 11-8-3 on the season; in comparison, the Anaheim Ducks are currently 10-9-4. Looking to wager on the totals? Chicago is 10-11-1 OU, and Anaheim is 8-14-1 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Anaheim injuries news.

The OddsShark NHL Power Rankings have the Blackhawks at No. 22 and the Ducks at No. 28 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Chicago's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 3.05 goals per game, against a Ducks defense that ranks No. 10 at 2.87 goals allowed. The Blackhawks power play is averaging 16.48% while the Ducks defense kills off 83.16% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Anaheim lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Kings on November 25. Bettors who backed the Kings at -153 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Chicago was a 4-1 winner on the road against the Panthers. Bettors on Chicago at -107 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Anaheim is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Anaheim is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Anaheim's last 5 games
  • Anaheim is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Chicago is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago's last 10 games
  • Chicago is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Anaheim at St. Louis, Wednesday, November 29
Chicago at Nashville, Tuesday, November 28

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