Wild vs. Blackhawks Prediction
The Blackhawks finally snapped their four-game losing skid with a win at Winnipeg on Friday but will the low-scoring games continue for Chicago when the team hosts the Wild tonight?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Blackhawks are -175 money line favorites over the Wild, who have odds of +158 to pull off the big upset. As for the over/under, the number currently sits at 5 goals.
Outside of their most recent victory in which they scored four goals in a 4-0 defeat of the Jets, the Hawks have struggled offensively. They have just 10 goals in five games and that includes the four-goal effort at Winnipeg. Their defense has been sporadic, but has seemingly settled into better play after allowing 10 goals combined in back-to-back losses to the Stars and Kings.
The under is 16-5-6 in the Hawks' last 27 home games versus teams with a losing record and is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings between the Blackhawks and Wild in Chicago. The under is also 8-2-2 in Minnesota's last 12 games versus an opponent that allowed two goals or less in its previous game and 12-4-3 in its lat 19 games when playing on back-to-back nights.
SUNDAY NHL FREE PICK: BLACKHAWKS/WILD UNDER 5