Blackhawks poised for Game 5 over Wild
Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks can advance to the next round of the NHL playoffs with a Game 5 victory over the Minnesota Wild Thursday.
And the top-seeded Hawks are favored big to do it, sitting as -300 moneyline chalk at some online sportsbooks.
The Blackhawks sport records of 36-7-5 heading into this matchup, while the Wild sit at 26-19-3 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 18-26-4 for the Blackhawks and 20-22-6 for the Wild.
If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Wild listed earlier today as underdogs of +275 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5 at TopBet.
The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Blackhawks at No. 1 and the Wild at No. 17 heading into this contest.
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.
Chicago won its last outing, a 3-0 result against the Wild on May 7. Bettors who backed the Blackhawks at -150 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Minnesota Wild Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Florida are 3-3-2
After playing Chicago are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5
Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
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 OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Chicago
Chicago is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Minnesota home to Chicago, Saturday, May 11