The Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Taylor Raddysh leads Chicago with 20 goals, Seth Jones has 21 assists and Andreas Athanasiou has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 76.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Petr Mrazek has given up 113 goals on 1,080 shots faced, and Alex Stalock has allowed 53 goals on 626 shots.
The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota with 39 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 42 assists and Joel Eriksson Ek has 228 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 115 goals on 1,238 shots faced, and Filip Gustavsson has allowed 66 goals on 967 shots.
The Blackhawks are 15-37 in their last 52 road games and 20-45 in their last 65 overall. The Wild are 74-32 in their last 106 home games and 13-5 in their last 18 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Blackhawks last 5 road games. The over is 7-1 in Wild last 8 overall. The Blackhawks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Minnesota and 0-7 in the last 7 meetings. The home team is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings. The favorite is 8-0 in the last 8 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks threw in the towel a while ago, and they’ve lost their last 3 games by an average of 15-3. The Minnesota Wild are still fighting for a division crown, and these are games they can’t afford to let slip away. Of course, the Wild have been lights out at home dating back to last season. Give me the Wild and the PL for max betting value.