The Minnesota Wild will be on the road Sunday taking the ice against the Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago. The Wild will be looking for a third consecutive win after beating the Philadelphia Flyers 1-4 at home on Saturday. The Blackhawks will be looking to end a four-game skid after losing 3-4 to the Blues in St. Louis on Saturday night.
The Wild will skate into this one 16-12-5 following a 4-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers in Minnesota. The WIld were able to outshoot Philadelphia 28-18 while winning just 20 of 51 faceoffs. Minnesota was unable to score a goal on any of their five power-play opportunities while defending the net each of the three times they were forced to skate with a man in the box. They had 14 blocked shots and four takeaways in the game.
The Wild have been good for an average of 3.03 goals per game this season while giving up 3.28 to their opponents. They have been able to fire 28.6 shots per game while allowing 32.1 on the defensive end of the ice. Minnesota has scored 19 power-play goals for an 18.1 conversion rate to go with a 77.7 penalty kill percentage.
The Chicago Blackhawks will take the ice at 12-15-6 following a 3-4 loss against the Blues in St. Louis. Chicago was outshot 22-38 in the game while winning 30 of 53 faceoffs. The Blackhawks were unable to score a goal on any of their four power-play opportunities while defending the net each of the three times they were forced to skate shorthanded. They had 15 blocked shots and eight takeaways in the game.
Chicago has been able to find the back of the net for an average of 2.66 goals per game for the season while giving up 3.09 to their opponents. They have been able to fire an average of 31.1 shots per game while allowing 36.2 on the defensive end of the ice. The Hawks have 16 power-play goals this season for a 16.7 conversion rate to go with a 79.8 penalty kill percentage.
As of late Saturday night, both the lines and the total were off for this game. It will be the second game in as many nights for both teams. Looking up and down the stat sheet, there isn’t much separation between Minnesota and Chicago. Both teams give up and score right around three goals per game. There’s less than a two percent difference on both the power-play and penalty kill. I’m liking the Blackhawks to win this one simply because the game is being played in Chicago. My pick would have gone the other way if the game would have been in Minnesota.
Minnesota is 4-8 in their previous 12 games vs. Chicago.
Chicago is 12-6 in their previous 18 games at home vs. Minnesota.