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NHL Game Preview - Wild underdogs vs Blackhawks at Minnesota

Chicago Blackhawks

Minnesota Wild
32-8-12 January 23, 2014, 08:00 PM | Xcel Energy Center 27-20-5

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Chicago duelling Minnesota on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota battles the Blackhawks, currently with a 32-8-12 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 14-26-12 for the Wild and 28-24 for the Blackhawks.

View Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild Odds and Stats.

If you're going with the Wild in this one, they were listed as moneyline underdogs of 110 on most hockey betting menus early today for Thursday's contest. The over-under was at 5 earlier at BetOnline.

The Wild - Blackhawks odds would favor the Blackhawks if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Minnesota is rated No. 23 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Chicago is at No. 1.

In their last action, Chicago was a 5-4 loser on the road against the Red Wings. Bettors on Detroit at +155 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 4-0 loser as they battled the Stars on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Stars at -130 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 2.4 goals per game, against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.77 goals allowed. The Wild power play is averaging 18.01% while the Blackhawks defense kills off 77.78% of their penalties.

Next up:
Chicago home to Winnipeg, Sunday, January 26th
Minnesota at San Jose, Saturday, January 25th