If you’re an NHL betting aficionado that is looking for value this week, then look no further!
When the Chicago Blackhawks hit the road on Wednesday night to take on the Anaheim Ducks, NHL betting enthusiasts everywhere are going to have a great chance to cash in – because this contest has the look and feel of an absolute lock from where I’m sitting. Now, let’s find out why!
Chicago vs Anaheim NHL Lines & Expert Analysis
- When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 10:30 PM ET
- Where: Honda Center
- TV: NBCS
- Radio: Chicago / Anaheim
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- NHL Odds: Anaheim Ducks -150 / Chicago Blackhawks +130 / Total: 5.5
Why Bet on Chicago at +130?
Why should you consider betting on the Blackhawks in this contest? There is absolutely no good reason whatsoever! The Blackhawks have lost four straight and seven of their last 10 games overall. Chicago put up a good fight the last tie out but it wasn’t as they fell to Calgary 3-2 on Sunday.
Jonathan Toews scored unassisted in the first period for Chicago and Dylan Strome added an almost meaningless third period goal while Corey Crawford allowed three goals on 41 shots. The Blackhawks are ranked a uninspiring 24th in scoring (2.8 gpg) and an even worse, 30th in goals allowed (3.7 gpg).
- Goals: 2.71
- Shots: 31.86
- PP/PK Percentage: 12.50
- Goals: 3.71
- Shots: 33.64
- PP/PK Percentage: 26.51
Why Bet on Anaheim at -150?
Why should you consider betting on the Ducks in this mid-week matchup? There are a bunch of reasons hockey bettors. First, the Ducks are playing at home (7-3-3-2) and facing a Chicago team that has been awful on the road (4-9-2-0). Next, the Ducks are playing excellent hockey right now, having won four straight and six of their last seen games overall.
Anaheim comes into this contest off a high-scoring 6-5 win over Washington on Sunday. Ryan Getzlaf, Andrew Cogliano, Rickard Rakell and Hampus Lindholm all lit the lamp once while Pontus Aberg added a pair of third period goals in the win. While the Ducks struggle to score, (2.3 gpg, 30th), they are also ranked an encouraging ninth in goals allowed (2.8 gpg).
- Goals: 2.41
- Shots: 26.48
- PP/PK Percentage: 17.07
- Goals: 2.86
- Shots: 35.69
- PP/PK Percentage: 20
Chicago vs Anaheim NHL Betting Trends
- Chicago is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games
- Chicago is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago’s last 5 games
- Anaheim is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
- Anaheim is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Anaheim’s last 17 games
Expert Analysis and Prediction for Chicago vs Anaheim
The Blackhawks are 0-7 in their last seven games when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game and Chicago is also an equally disturbing and 5-22 in their last 27 games against teams from the Pacific division. Conversely, Anaheim has gone 5-0 in their last 5 home games following a road trip of seven days or more while also going 4-0 in their last four games and 13-3 in their last 16 games against a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400. With the Home team in this series going 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and these two teams heading in polar-opposite directions, I say back the Anaheim Ducks to win and cash in!
NHL Betting Pick: Anaheim 4 Chicago 2