NHL Midweek Matchups
Chicago is at home and the favorite tonight, but Phoenix is the hottest team in the league and are the only team in the West the Blackhawks have not beat this season.
Phoenix Coyotes (46-22-5 97 pts) at Chicago Blackhawks (45-19-7 97 pts)
Bovada has a moneyline for this game and has Chicago as the favorite posted at -170 with Phoenix at +150 and a total of 5.5 goals.
This season the Blackhawks are 26-7-3 at home and Phoenix is 20-12-3 on the road.
Tonight in a match up of the teams tied atop the Western Conference the Chicago Blackhawks host the red-hot Phoenix Coyotes. Phoenix has won nine straight and are 9-1 in their last 10 games, while Chicago is coming off a loss and only 4-4-2 in their last 10 games.
In their last games the Blackhawks lost to the Coyotes 5-4 on Saturday and Phoenix beat Dallas Stars 3-2 on Sunday.
If Phoenix can win tonight’s game they will sweep the season series against Chicago for the first time in franchise history and Western Conference.
The Blackhawks have a solid defense only allowing 2.44 goals per game, but in three of their last four games they have given up at least four goals.
Chicago has had a rash of injuries to their defensemen lately and even though Phoenix only ranks 21st in the league scoring 2.59 goals per game their offense has been playing well in their nine-game winning streak.
Blackhawks’ G Cristobal Huet (26 goals 2.40 GAA save percentage 89.9%) has missed the last four games with the flu, but should be back between the pipes tonight. Since the Olympic break he is 2-2-0 with a GAA of 3.42.
Phoenix G Ilya Bryzgalov (39 wins 2.28 GAA save percentage 92.1%) got the last game off, but stopped 34 shots in the win over Chicago on Saturday and has been playing well lately with two shutouts and a GAA of only 1.66 in his last seven games. However, even though he won against Chicago on Saturday he has lost his four previous starts against them and in the last five games against the Blackhawks he has given up 17 goals.
The Phoenix defense really has to key on Patrick Kane, who leads Chicago in goals (27), assists (53), and points (80).
Phoenix is 1-4 in their last five games in Chicago.
Wednesday Big Games
Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals
This game is a match up of the two top teams in the East and two of the highest scoring teams in the league. The Penguins have lost two in a row and they will be facing a Capitals team that has the best home record in the NHL.
St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings won a big game against Pittsburgh on Monday night and currently are in the eighth spot in the West with a four-point cushion over Calgary for the last playoff spot. The Blues need to end the season on fore to make the post season, as they are in the 10th position eight points back of Detroit.
Thursday Big Games
New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils
The Devils will make the playoffs while the Rangers are currently on the outside looking in. The Rangers are in the 10th spot in the East and trail Boston Bruins by five points for the eighth and last playoff spot.
Calgary Flames at New York Islanders
The Islanders will not make the playoffs and the Fames will not either unless they end the season well. Calgary currently trails the Detroit Red Wings by four points for the eighth seed in the West.