The Anaheim Ducks (+115) head to face the Chicago Blackhawks (-135) at United Center on Tuesday. The total is 6.5 (O: +100, U: -120)Anaheim (16-29-6) is playing on back-to-back days after suffering a 3-2 shootout loss against the Stars yesterday, ending a three-game unbeaten streak.
The Ducks committed six penalties in the game, though they held Dallas without a power play goal. Jakob Silfverberg and Adam Henrique both scored once for the Ducks. John Gibson had a terrific performance with 39 saves (.951%) in the loss.
Chicago (15-29-4) fell 7-3 to the Oilers on January 28. Taylor Raddysh, Jason Dickinson, and Jonathan Toews scored one apiece for the Blackhawks.
Raddysh added an assist to share the scoring lead with Patrick Kane, who had two assists. Petr Mrazek saved only 36 of 43 shots against (.837%) in the loss.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Blackhawks won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 3-2 victory in November, their eighth straight win against Anaheim. Jarred Tinordi (2G 0A), Max Domi (0G 2A), and Kane (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Chicago. Troy Terry led Anaheim with two points (1G 1A). Arvid Soderblom got the win, saving 39 of 41 shots (.951%).
Anaheim is averaging 2.43 goals per game for the season, worst in the NHL, and they are taking on a Blackhawks team that is allowing 3.62 goals a game (27th).
Meanwhile, Chicago has found the net 2.46 times a game on average, 31st in the league, and will be looking to exploit the Ducks’ weak defense, which is allowing opponents to score a league-worst 4.02 goals per game. Chicago averages fewer shots/game (26.2) than any other team in the league.
With an average of 29.8 attempts, Anaheim ranks 25th.Expect multiple power play opportunities for the Blackhawks, as the Ducks are averaging 4.61 penalties per game, third-most in the NHL. The visitors’ 11.76 penalty minutes a game ranks fourth-highest.
The home team has been penalized 3.77 times a game (17th) for an average of 9.58 minutes (13th). The Ducks’ 15.33% power play percentage is the lowest in the league, while the Blackhawks rank 25th with a conversion rate of 19.29%.
Anaheim has been equally unimpressive at penalty killing, as the away team possesses the league’s fourth-lowest PK% at 73.18%. Chicago’s 75.34% ranks 24th in the NHL.
Trevor Zegras and Terry have been the top skaters for the Ducks this season with 43 and 42 points. In the net, Anthony Stolarz (4-6-0) is Anaheim’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 3.88 GAA and a .895% save percentage.
Gibson (10-20-4) leads the Ducks in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 3.96 and a save percentage of .898%. Domi and Kane lead the Blackhawks in scoring with 35 and 34 points, respectively.
Domi has 14 goals and 21 assists in 48 games, while Kane has nine goals and 25 assists in 45 games. Soderblom (2-10-2) has the best goals against average for Chicago at 3.45.
He has a save percentage of .894%. Mrazek (5-13-1) has played the most games in net for the Blackhawks this season. He has a 4.05 GAA and a .885% save percentage.
HOME AND AWAY
Anaheim is 7-16-5 on the road this season. Chicago is 9-16-2 at home this season. Meanwhile, the Ducks are 0-6 without a day off and 0-4 playing with a rest disadvantage. The Blackhawks are 4-3 with a rest advantage.
SportsTips’ NHL Pick:
Chicago Blackhawks (-125)
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