Blackhawks face off versus the Canucks
The UNDER has paid off in six of the last seven games between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks as those two Western teams take to the ice together on Wednesday night.
Vancouver fell to Chicago 2-1 at -105 on the NHL odds in their first meeting of the season back on November 23, but the Canucks got some revenge on December 20 with a 3-2 road victory in Chicago as a betting lines underdog at the books.
The Blackhawks will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 32-10-13 this season, while the Canucks are 27-18-9. Chicago is 29-26 on the totals; Vancouver is 17-29-8.
According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 21-ranked Canucks and the No. 5-rated Blackhawks in this matchup.
The Blackhawks were a 5-4 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Flames. That made winners of bettors who got Calgary at +171 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.
The Canucks were a 4-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Oilers. That made winners of bettors who got Edmonton at +180 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for OVER bettors.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Vancouver's No. 21-ranked offense (2.54 goals per game) against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 14 at 2.8 goals per game allowed. The Canucks powerplay has clicked at a 13.79% rate while the Blackhawks have a 78.75% rate on the penalty kill.
Chicago at San Jose, Saturday, February 1st
Vancouver at Winnipeg, Friday, January 31st