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Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks Odds
The first round Chicago vs Minnesota battle resumes Friday at United Center as the Blackhawks try to go up 2-0 on the Wild in Stanley Cup betting action.
The Wild hung tough in Game 1 but lost with backup goalie Josh Harding in net. Many handicappers are predicting a bigger push from Chicago in Game 2, perhaps justifying their huge moneyline favorite status.
The Blackhawks bring a 36-7-5 record to the battle against the 26-19-3 Wild. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Chicago go 18-26-4 so far and the Wild go 20-22-6.
The Blackhawks - Wild 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 Minnesota is at No. 17.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 2-ranked offense (3.2 goals per game) against a Wild defense that ranks No. 14 at 2.6 goals per game allowed. The Blackhawks powerplay has clicked at a 16.7% rate while the Wild have a 80.7% rate on the penalty kill.
In their last action, Minnesota was a 2-1 loser on the road against the Blackhawks. Bettors on Chicago at -245 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.
Minnesota Wild Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Florida are 3-3-2
After playing Chicago are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5
Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Edmonton are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a win are 7-3
A few Wild at Blackhawks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Chicago
Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Minnesota home to Chicago, Sunday, May 5