Chicago Blackhawks vs Anaheim Ducks NHL Pick – March 23

The NHL is set up a solid slate of action throughout March 23. Four games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks. These two teams have struggled throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.

Chicago has earned a record of 22-32-9 throughout this season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the Central division. The Blackhawks have lost three straight games and will look to bounce back in this one. Chicago has fallen out of the playoff picture, but will look to play spoiler down the stretch. I expect the Blackhawks to come out fast on the road in this one.

The Ducks have put up a record of 27-27-11 so far this season, which has them in sixth place of the Pacific division. Anaheim has lost seven games in a row, which has hurt their playoff hopes. The Ducks are seven points out of a playoff spot, but are tied with the most games played. Anaheim will look to turn it around for one last push with a win at home.

These two teams area seeing their playoff chances become less and less likely, but will look for the win in this one. Anaheim has struggled a lot as of late, but still have some hope if they can pull it together. The Blackhawks will look to earn a big win as they try to ruin those chances. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Chicago Blackhawks +1 ½ (-245) +104 Over 6 (-115)
Anaheim Ducks -1 ½ (+205) -115 Under 6 (+104)

 

Team Data Chicago Blackhawks Anaheim Ducks
Overall Record 22-32-9 27-27-11
Away/ Home Record 11-16-4 16-13-4
Goals Per Game 2.60 2.80
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.61 2.85
Save Percentage .893 .905
Save Percentage Away/ Home .896 .913

Betting Trends

Chicago Blackhawks

  • 3-6 in March
  • 3-8 when playing on two days rest
  • 9-12 after a divisional game
  • 12-20 after allowing four goals or more
  • 12-13 after a loss by two or more goals
  • 3-12 after scoring four goals or more
  • 5-10 after three or more straight losses
  • 15-11 against team with a losing record

Anaheim Ducks

  • 2-8 in March
  • 4-18 when revenging loss to opponent
  • 13-17 after allowing four goals or more
  • 6-10 after a loss by two or more goals
  • 5-10 after three or more straight losses
  • 16-12 against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up twice throughout this season. Chicago hosted the first game on January 15. Alex DeBrincat had two assists and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 37 shots against him as the Blackhawks earned a 3-0 win. Patrick Kane had a goal and five assists, while Dylan Strome had three goals and an assist. DeBrincat added a goal and three assists as Chicago won 8-3.

Special Teams

The Blackhawks have been solid on the power play throughout this season. Chicago has scored on 38 of their 187 power play chances, which is a 20.3 percent success rate. The Blackhawks have killed off 138 of their opponents 187 power play attempts, which is a 76.2 percent penalty kill. Chicago is 16th on the man advantage and 23rd on the penalty kill.

Anaheim has been strong on both sides of special teams on the season. The Ducks have capitalized on 43 of their 183 power play opportunities, which is a 23.5 percent power play. Anaheim has given up 34 power play goals on 186 penalties against, which is an 81.7 percent kill rate. The Ducks are 11th on the power play and 10th on the kill this season.

These two teams have been solid on the power play, but the Ducks have the edge on the penalty kill. Anaheim’s special teams have not been nearly as good in this recent stretch of struggles, but will look to bounce back in this one. Chicago will look to step up early in this one. If either team can get a power play goal, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Kevin Lankinen will likely get the start in the crease for Chicago in this one. Lankinen has started in 15 games this season, going 3-8-4 in those matchups. He has posted a .889 save percentage and a GAA of 3.51 in those matchups. Lankinen’s last start was against the Minnesota Wild. He stopped 31 of 33 shots in the losing effort.

I expect John Gibson to get the nod between the pipes for the Ducks on Wednesday night. Gibson has earned a record of 17-20-9 throughout his 46 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .905 and a 3.09 GAA. Gibson finished with 25 saves on 30 shots in his last start against the Nashville Predators, which was not enough for the win.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Lankinen has lost his last three starts, but will look to turn it around as he takes over with Fleury gone. Gibson has lost seven straight starts. If either of these goalies can come out quick in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have struggled throughout this season, but will look for a big win in this one. The Blackhawks have been the stronger team as of late, but I think Anaheim will bounce back. The Ducks have lost the first two games of the season series. If Anaheim can grab an early lead, I think they can hold off Chicago for the win.

BetOnline has the Ducks listed as a -115 against the money line in this one. This implies that Anaheim will win this game around 53.5 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate with the Ducks at home and on a big losing streak. Chicago lost some key players at the deadline, which will leave them a bit shorthanded to end the season. As slight favorites, I like the value on Anaheim.

The Bet
Anaheim Ducks
-115
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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