The top two teams in the Western Conference will meet on the ice in Southern California on Wednesday night as the Anaheim Ducks play host to the Chicago Blackhawks in NHL betting action.
Anaheim has already managed to beat Chicago once this season, winning 3-2 as a road underdog on the NHL betting lines back on February 12. That was the Ducks' second win in a row over the Hawks, with the OVER/UNDER going 1-4 in their last five meetings.
Anaheim battles the Blackhawks, currently with a 24-2-3 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 12-14-2 for the Ducks and 11-17-1 for the Blackhawks.
The Ducks were listed earlier today as -110 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including , while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5.
This game puts the Ducks, most recently No. 5 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Blackhawks, who rate a No. 1 in the latest survey.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Anaheim's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 3.4 goals per game, against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.1 goals allowed. The Ducks power play is averaging 24.7% while the Blackhawks defense kills off 83.2% of their penalties.
In their last action, Chicago was a 5-2 winner on the road against the Avalanche. Bettors on Chicago at -155 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.
Last time out for Anaheim, they were a 5-3 winner as they battled the Sharks at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Ducks at -135 were rewarded, while the 8 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Edmonton are 6-4
After playing Colorado are 2-8
After a win are 9-1
Anaheim Ducks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 6-4
After playing San Jose are 6-4
After a win are 7-3
A few Blackhawks at Ducks trends to consider:
Chicago is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chicago's last 9 games when playing Anaheim
Chicago is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games
Anaheim is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Anaheim's last 9 games when playing Chicago
Anaheim is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Anaheim's last 8 games when playing at home against Chicago
Chicago home to Los Angeles, Monday, March 25
Anaheim home to Detroit, Friday, March 22