Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks Game Preview 2/12/20

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The Chicago Blackhawks, spearheaded by Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, are set to take the ice against Elias Pettersson, J.T. Miller, and the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena for a Western Conference showdown. Sportsnet will air the action, which gets underway at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 12.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks Odds

Vancouver (-150) is currently favored over Chicago (+130), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals (-130 for the under, +110 for the over).

Vancouver is 31-26 straight-up (SU) and has earned 5.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, the best in the Pacific Division so far this season, is a welcomed turnaround from how the team performed during the 2018-19 season (35-47). Through 57 regular season outings, 30 of its games have gone over the total, while 24 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team is 18-9 SU at home this season.

The Canucks have converted on 22.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 15th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.5 percent of all penalties.

Boasting a .915 save percentage and 29.9 saves per game, Jacob Markstrom (21-19-3) has been the top option in goal for Vancouver this year. If Vancouver chooses to rest him, however, the team might turn to Thatcher Demko (10-8-8 record, .909 save percentage, 2.92 goals against average).

On the other side of the ice, Chicago is 25-31 straight up (SU) and has netted 0.7 units for moneyline bettors this season. A total of 28 of its contests have gone under the total, while 26 have gone over and just one has pushed. As an away team, the Blackhawks are 13-15 SU so far.

The Blackhawks have converted on just 14.6 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s ranked 31st in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 12th overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.1 percent of all penalties.

Robin Lehner (2.87 goals against average and .921 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Chicago. Lehner is averaging 31.8 saves per game and owns a 15-16-6 record.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • The Canucks are 3-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Blackhawks are 3-4 in shootouts.
  • For both of these teams, the total has gone over in four of their past five matches.
  • Eight of Vancouver’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 5-3 overall in those games.
  • Chicago skaters have dished out the league’s 10th-most hits per game (23.1), but the team’s averaged just 17.8 hits over their last five away games.