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Blackhawks on brink against the Wings

The top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks face elimination on Saturday night as they play host to the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of their best-of-seven second-round Western Conference series.

Detroit went up 3-1 in the series with a 2-0 shutout victory as a +120 home underdog in Game 4 of the set on Thursday night. Jakub Kindl and Daniel Cleary had the goals for the Red Wings in that Game 4 victory, while Jimmy Howard made 28 saves.

The Blackhawks bring a 36-7-5 record to the battle against the 24-16-8 Red Wings. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Chicago go 18-26-4 so far and the Red Wings go 17-25-6.

View Detroit vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Blackhawks in this one found them earlier as -200 favorites on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

Power Rankings:
According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 1-ranked Blackhawks and the No. 10-rated Red Wings in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 3.2 goals per game, against a Red Wings defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.4 goals allowed. The Blackhawks power play is averaging 16.7% while the Red Wings defense kills off 81.7% of their penalties.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 2-0 loser as they battled the Red Wings on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Wings at +120 were rewarded, while the 2 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Detroit Red Wings Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Edmonton are 6-4
After playing Chicago are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Edmonton are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

A few Red Wings at Blackhawks trends to consider:
Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Detroit's last 14 games when playing Chicago
Detroit is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Chicago
Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit
Chicago is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chicago's last 14 games when playing Detroit

Next up:
Detroit home to Chicago, Monday, May 27