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NHL Betting: Hawks battle the Wings

The Chicago Blackhawks have paid off against the Detroit Red Wings in each of the last five games between the Central Division teams as they prepare to meet on the ice again Sunday afternoon.

Chicago is 2-0 against Detroit so far this season, winning 2-1 at home on January 27 and 2-1 on the road on March 3 in a pair of UNDER results on the NHL totals. In fact, each of the last eight games between the Hawks and Red Wings have been UNDER results.

Detroit battles the Blackhawks, currently with a 25-5-3 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 14-16-4 for the Red Wings and 13-19-1 for the Blackhawks.

View Chicago vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Red Wings in this one found them earlier as +105 underdogs on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

Power Rankings:
The Red Wings sit at No. 14 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Blackhawks sit at a No. 1 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 2.6 goals per game, against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.2 goals allowed. The Red Wings power play is averaging 17.3% while the Blackhawks defense kills off 84.5% of their penalties.

In their last action, Chicago was a 2-1 loser at home against the Ducks. Bettors on Anaheim at +133 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Detroit was a 2-0 loser in its last match on the road against the Sharks. They lost as -101 underdogs, while the total score of 2 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Edmonton are 6-4
After playing Anaheim are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4

Detroit Red Wings Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Edmonton are 6-4
After playing San Jose are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

A few Blackhawks at Red Wings trends to consider:
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Detroit
Chicago is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 7 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games at home
Detroit is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Chicago home to Nashville, Monday, April 1
Detroit home to Colorado, Monday, April 1