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NHL betting line favors Blackhawks over Coyotes

Chicago Blackhawks

Phoenix Coyotes
35-10-14 February 07, 2014, 09:00 PM | Jobing.com Arena 26-20-10

The Phoenix Coyotes battle the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Friday in NHL betting action at Jobing.com Arena.

The Blackhawks will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 35-10-14 this season, while the Coyotes are 26-20-10. Chicago is 31-28 on the totals; Phoenix is 29-24-3.

View Chicago Blackhawks vs Phoenix Coyotes Odds and Stats.

If you're going with the Coyotes in this one, they were listed as moneyline underdogs of 119 on most hockey betting menus early today for Friday's contest. The over-under was at 5.5 earlier at BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 14 (Coyotes) and the No. 7 (Blackhawks) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

The Blackhawks were a 2-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Ducks. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at +100 on the moneyline, while the total score (2) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Phoenix lost its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Stars on February 4. Bettors who backed the Stars at +115 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Phoenix's No. 13-ranked offense (2.86 goals per game) against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 14 at 2.73 goals per game allowed. The Coyotes powerplay has clicked at a 19.79% rate while the Blackhawks have a 80.23% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Chicago at New York, Thursday, February 27th
Phoenix at Dallas, Saturday, February 8th