Hawks vs. Canucks Free Pick
VANCOUVER, BC (The Spread) – One of the biggest rivalries in the Western Conference will be renewed tonight when the Canucks host the Hawks at 10:00PM ET.
ODDS: Oddsmakers have installed the Canucks as –123 money line favorites over the Blackhawks (+114), while the over/under total for this game is currently sitting at 5.5 goals. Chicago enters the night with an 11-4-3 overall record and is 4-3-1 on the road, while Vancouver is 9-8-1 overall and 4-2-1 at home.
LINE MOVEMENT: Depending on what book you use, the Canucks were listed anywhere from –132 to –135 on the money line when the opening odds were released. But the line has been bet down to where Vancouver is anywhere from –120 to –125. The over/under total hasn’t budged since opening at 5.5.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the 1,300-plus wagers placed on tonight’s game, 73% of NHL public bettors currently favor the Blackhawks. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
NHL FREE PICK: Take Chicago. The Canucks will start Cory Schneider in goal tonight as Roberto Luongo recovers from an upper-body injury. Schneider hasn’t fared well against Chicago, posting a 3.96 goals-against average in four appearances, which isn’t a good sign considering the Hawks’ offense is rolling of late. According to latest NHL trends, the Hawks are 4-1 in their last five games following a win and 9-3 in their last 12 versus the Western Conference. The Canucks, meanwhile, are 3-8 in their last 11 following a win and 0-4 in their last four Wednesday night games.
WEDNESDAY NHL FREE PICK: CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS +114