Canucks face off against the Hawks
There have been five UNDER results in the last six games between the Vancouver Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks as those teams meet in NHL betting action on Friday night.
The Canucks and Blackhawks met for the first time this season back on November 23, with Chicago winning 2-1 as a road underdog on the NHL betting lines at the sportsbooks.
The teams have split their last 10 games 5-5 dating back to 2011.
Chicago will face the 20-11-6 Canucks. In totals betting, the Blackhawks are 21-16 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Canucks are 10-20-7 favoring the OVER.
If you're going with the Blackhawks in this one, they were listed as moneyline Favorite of -173 on most hockey betting menus early today for Friday's contest. The over-under was at 5.5 earlier at BetOnline.
The Blackhawks - Canucks odds would favor the Blackhawks if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Chicago is rated No. 1 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Vancouver is at No. 5.
Vancouver lost its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Stars on December 19. Bettors who backed the Stars at +111 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Last time out for Chicago, they were a 3-1 winner as they battled the Predators on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at -140 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 3.73 goals per game, against a Canucks defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.43 goals allowed. The Blackhawks power play is averaging 24.6% while the Canucks defense kills off 89.83% of their penalties.
Vancouver home to Atlanta, Sunday, December 22nd
Chicago home to New Jersey, Monday, December 23rd