The Wild and Blackhawks are set to face off at 9:30 ET on TNT. The Blackhawks will host the game at United Center in Chicago, IL. The Wild are the -1.5 goal favorites in this Central division matchup against the Blackhawks. The over/under for the game is set at 5.5 goals.

MINNESOTA WILD VS CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Chicago Blackhawks +1.5

This game will be played at United Center at 9:30 ET on Wednesday, February 7th.

WHY BET THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Blackhawks to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Blackhawks on the moneyline (+187)
  • The Blackhawks are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Do the Wild Have a Shot at a Win at Chicago?

On the season, the Wild have gone 21-23-5, putting them in 13th place in the Western Conference and 7th in the Central Division. In the Western Conference, Minnesota has gone 8-13, and in the Central Division, they have gone 3-8.

On the road, the Wild have gone 9-12-2 this season and have won each of their last two road games. As the favorite, Minnesota has gone 14-6-2 this season and have lost each of their last two games as the favorite.

On the road, the Wild have gone 13-10 vs. the puck line and have a puck line record of 25-24. So far, Minnesota has 14 wins by multiple goals and has gone 5-5 vs. the puck line in their last ten games.

Minnesota’s average scoring margin on the road this year is at -0.4 goals per game, and they have gone 6-4 against the puck line in their last ten road games. Against teams from the Central Division, the Wild have an average scoring margin of -0.3 goals per game.

The average goal total for Minnesota’s games is sitting at 6.4. The average over/under line for the season is 6.2. The Wild come in with an over/under record of 24-21-4.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Minnesota has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 4 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

The Wild come into the game scoring an average of 3 goals per game, putting them 21st in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 22nd in the league. This season, the Wild are 12-9 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 9-14 record.

Minnesota’s leading goal scorer is Joel Eriksson Ek. So far this season, he has 21 goals, placing him 32nd in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 18 assists so far.

Defensively, the Blackhawks come into the season ranked 7th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 32.2 shots per game against Chicago. For the season, they are ranked 26th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Filip Gustavsson has started 28 games this season. His current record stands at 13-13, and his save percentage is 0.796%.

Will the Blackhawks Exceed Expectations at Home?

With a record of 14-34-2, the Blackhawks are 16th in the Western Conference. In the Central Division, Chicago is in 8th place. Over their last ten games, the Blackhawks are just 2-8 and have lost four straight games. At home this season, Chicago is 10-11-1 and has won two straight games.

Against teams from the Western Conference, the Blackhawks have gone 8-22 this season. As the underdog, Chicago has gone 13-33-2 and has lost four straight games when not favored. Over their last five games, the Blackhawks have gone 1-4 and have lost three straight games.

Chicago has an average scoring differential of -1.4 goals per game this season, and they have 27 losses by multiple goals. So far, the Blackhawks’ puck line record is 22-28, including going 4-6 against the puck line in their last ten games. Overall, Chicago has been the underdog in 48 of their 50 games, and their puck line record as the underdog is 22-26.

As the underdog, the Blackhawks have an average scoring margin of -1.5 goals per game, and they have lost 27 games by multiple goals. In their last three games, Chicago’s puck line record is 1-2, and their puck line record at home is 13-9. In their last ten home games, the Blackhawks have gone 6-4 against the puck line.

Games involving Chicago have an average of 5.6 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.2. In terms of their over/under performance, the Blackhawks come in with a record of 19-29-2.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Minnesota has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 4 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

For their offensive performance, the Blackhawks come in averaging 2.1 goals per game this season, which is 32nd in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 30th in the league. Looking at how the Blackhawks’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 31st in power play goals and 18th in shorthanded goals.

The leading scorer for Chicago’s offense is Connor Bedard. Coming into the game he has 15 goals, ranking 82nd in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 18 assists so far.

The Blackhawks defense is currently 7th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 32.2 shots per game against Chicago. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 26th with 1 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Petr Mrazek has started 32 games this season. His current record stands at 12-19, and his save percentage is 0.942%.