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Hockey Matchup - Chicago Blackhawks Phoenix Coyotes Odds Preview

Phoenix Coyotes

Chicago Blackhawks
13-4-2 November 14, 2013, 08:00 PM | United Center 12-2-4

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Phoenix duelling Chicago on Thursday at United Center.

The Coyotes will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 13-4-2 this season, while the Blackhawks are 12-2-4. Phoenix is 11-7-1 on the totals; Chicago is 8-10.

View Phoenix Coyotes vs Chicago Blackhawks Odds and Stats.

The Blackhawks were listed earlier today as -186 moneyline Favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Blackhawks and the No. 14-ranked Coyotes, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Phoenix won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Blues on November 12. Bettors who backed the Coyotes at +156 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 5-4 winner as they battled the Oilers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at -257 were rewarded, while the 9 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 2-ranked offense (3.67 goals per game) against a Coyotes defense that ranks No. 23 at 3.05 goals per game allowed. The Blackhawks powerplay has clicked at a 22.22% rate while the Coyotes have a 78.38% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Phoenix home to Tampa Bay, Saturday, November 16th
Chicago at Nashville, Saturday, November 16th