Two teams facing each other for the first time this season, the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks collide at the United Center for a Western Conference tilt. NBC Sports Chicago will showcase the game, which gets underway at 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday, November 27.
Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks Odds
Anaheim (+155) is entering this one as the underdog to Chicago (-175), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -110 money on the over and -110 on the under.
Chicago is 11-11 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a regression from the 50-32 record that the team managed during last years regular season campaign. 11 of its 22 contests have gone under the total, while 10 have gone over and just one has pushed. The teams 5-5 SU at home this year.
The Blackhawks have converted on just 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 84.1 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Blackhawks have been called for penalties 4.1 times per game overall this season, and 3.2 per game over their past ten matchups. The teams had to defend opponent power plays for just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.
Averaging 29.3 saves per game with a .935 save percentage, Corey Crawford (10 wins, nine losses, and one OT loss) has been the primary option in goal for Chicago this year. If the Hawks choose to rest him, however, Chicago may turn to Anton Forsberg (2-4-4 record, .904 save percentage, 3.81 goals against average).
The Hawks will continue looking for offensive production from Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Kane (22 points) has tallied nine goals and 13 assists and has recorded two or more points four times this year. Toews has six goals and 10 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 11 games.
Anaheim is 10-13 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 23 regular season outings, 14 of its games have gone under the total, while eight have gone over and just one has pushed. As the visiting team so far, the Ducks are 4-4 SU.
The Ducks have converted on just 16.2 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 25th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 11th overall and it’s successfully killed off 83.2 percent of all penalties.
Anaheim’s players have been penalized 5.0 times per game in total this season, and 4.0 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties 9.8 minutes per contest over their last five road games.
John Gibson (32.0 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Anaheim. Gibson has seven wins, 11 losses, and two OT losses to his credit, while registering a .923 save percentage and 2.87 goals against average this year.
Rickard Rakell (eight goals, 10 assists) and Corey Perry (four goals, 13 assists) are the top offensive options for Anaheim and will lead the attack for the visiting Ducks.
Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Blackhawks, O/U – Over
- The total has gone under in three of Chicago’s last five outings.
- Anaheim has managed 25.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Chicago is averaging 40.8 shots per game over its last five home outings.
- Anaheim skaters have accounted for the second-most hits in the league (25.8 per game).