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Chicago Blackhawks

Minnesota Wild
20-5-4 December 05, 2013, 08:00 PM | Xcel Energy Center 16-8-5

Hockey bettors look for value at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday as host Minnesota battles the Chicago Blackhawks in hockey odds action.

The Wild bring a 16-8-5 record to the battle against the 20-5-4 Blackhawks. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Minnesota go 8-15-6 so far and the Blackhawks go 16-13.

View Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -136 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Wild rated this week at No. 15 and the Blackhawks sitting at No. 3.

Chicago lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Stars on December 3. Bettors who backed the Stars at +195 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 2-0 winner at home against the Flyers. Bettors on Minnesota at -145 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 23-ranked offense (2.41 goals per game) against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 17 at 2.76 goals per game allowed. The Wild powerplay has clicked at a 20.21% rate while the Blackhawks have a 74.07% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Chicago home to Anaheim, Friday, December 6th
Minnesota at Columbus, Friday, December 6th