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Is Tonight a Bad Schedule Spot for the Blackhawks?

Beginning their season 3-0-1, the Blackhawks might be better than I gave them credit for. They’ve been scoring goals at will and they’ve been doing a decent job keeping them out at the other end (+3.50 goal differential). The Wild will give them their first division test of the year but Minnesota has started its campaign winless and the ’Hawks have won three straight games in this matchup.

SHARK BITES
  • The Blackhawks were 19-10 SU against the Central Division last season.
  • The Wild are 5-13 SU in their last 18 games on the road against the Blackhawks.
  • The Blackhawks and Wild have a combined 5-1 OVER/UNDER record this season.

All that said, the Wild could be a decent play as an underdog this evening. The Blackhawks have been outshot by a wide margin thus far and if it weren’t for Corey Crawford playing out of his mind through three starts (.971 save percentage), Chicago could easily have just one win.

Minnesota will be without forwards Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise for the contest and while that hurts them up front, Bruce Boudreau’s system is designed so that all four lines can contribute offensively. The Wild have the depth advantage tonight against a team that’s played two more games this season and Minny has been off since October 7.

This feels like a good schedule spot for the Wild and their value makes them attractive on the moneyline.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Chicago Blackhawks were listed earlier today as -182 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark (including Bovada), while oddsmakers set the opening betting total around 5.5.

A 3.5-2.3 result in favor of the Blackhawks is the prediction by the OddsShark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

3-0-1 Chicago battles the Wild, currently with a 0-1-1 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 3-1 for the Blackhawks and 2-0 for the Wild. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Minnesota injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at OddsShark show the No. 17-rated Minnesota Wild taking on the No. 20-rated Chicago Blackhawks in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Chicago's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 5.25 goals per game, against a Wild defense that ranks No. 27 at 4.5 goals allowed. The Blackhawks power play is averaging 18.75% while the Wild defense kills off 70% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 5-4 loser as they battled the Hurricanes on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Hurricanes at -129 were rewarded, while the 9 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Chicago was a 3-1 winner on the road against the Canadiens. Bettors on Chicago at +116 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Minnesota is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
  • Minnesota is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games on the road
  • Chicago is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Chicago is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
  • Chicago is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games at home
  • Chicago is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Minnesota

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota home to Columbus, Saturday, October 14
Chicago home to Nashville, Saturday, October 14

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