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Ducks host Hawks in marquee matchup

Two of the league's top teams will meet in marquee NHL betting action at the sportsbooks on Wednesday night as the Anaheim Ducks play host to the Chicago Blackhawks.

 

The Blackhawks and Ducks have split their two meetings so far this season 1-1, with Chicago winning 4-2 at home on January 17 and Anaheim winning 3-2 on the road on December 6. The OVER/UNDER is just 3-7 in the past 10 games between them.

The Blackhawks will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 34-10-14 this season, while the Ducks are 40-13-5. Chicago is 31-27 on the totals; Anaheim is 30-25-3.

View Chicago Blackhawks vs Anaheim Ducks Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Anaheim sat as -110 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

This game matches up the No. 5 (Ducks) and the No. 7 (Blackhawks) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

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The Blackhawks were a 5-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Kings. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at -108 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

Anaheim lost its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Blue Jackets on February 3. Bettors who backed the Blue Jackets at +152 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Anaheim's No. 3-ranked offense (3.29 goals per game) against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 14 at 2.78 goals per game allowed. The Ducks powerplay has clicked at a 18.37% rate while the Blackhawks have a 79.65% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Chicago at Phoenix, Friday, February 7th
Anaheim at Nashville, Saturday, February 8th