The Chicago Blackhawks showed no mercy last night, as they pounded the Ottawa Senators into submission. When it was all said and done, the Blackhawks cruised past the Senators by a score of 8-2. It was a needed beatdown on an opponent for the Blackhawks. They’ve been treading water this season, and were maybe waiting for a game like that to come to them. The Blackhawks made it a no doubter against the Senators, who have many issues they have to address.
Other than hardcore hockey fans, there aren’t too many people who are aware that this Senators team was in the conference finals a year ago. You would never know it by looking at their play. This looks like a bottom of the barrel squad, and Matt Duchene while has been good in spots, hasn’t reversed the fortune of the Senators in 2018. In any event, the Blackhawks were able to take advantage of their misfortune in a big way.
The Blackhawks welcome a familiar foe tonight, as the Minnesota Wild roll into the United Center for a Wednesday night matchup. The Hawks have had their number in the playoffs. Minnesota has been unable to crack the code to beat them. The Blackhawks and Wild need a good second-half just to reach the playoffs. We’re all still waiting for the Hawks to flip a switch and on a run, but they’ve still been having troubles getting a head of steam going. The absence of Corey Crawford is part of the problem, however even with Crawford starting, Chicago still wasn’t playing at full-speed, or to their full-potential. The Wild and Blackhawks have developed into a nice little rivalry since 2013. Head below for our free Wild vs. Blackhawks pick.
Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks Pick
The Blackhawks went to Anton Forsberg in net last night and got a nice performance, as he allowed 2 goals on 27 shots. The Blackhawks put up 8 goals on the board, so not that it mattered much. It appears they will go back to 32-year-old rookie Jeff Glass tonight. Without Scott Darling backing Crawford up this year, the Blackhawks are forced to go to Forsberg and Glass, just hoping for the best. Glass owns a 3.51 GAA and 0.908 save percentage. That was pretty well expected for Glass, who is getting his first NHL experience after getting drafted in 2004. I expect his numbers to continue to deteriorate as the NHL schedule wears him down. The Blackhawks have allowed 3.1 goals per game in their last ten. Conversely, they’ve scored 3.5 per game in their last ten contests.
Minnesota are coming off a couple of poor performances, taking loses against the Avalanche and Flames. The Avs blew them out by a score of 7-2, and then they took a close loss in overtime against the Flames. Devan Dubnyk isn’t having his best year in net, posting a GAA of 2.72 and 0.916 save percentage. They’ve allowed 3.1 goals per game in their last ten, while scoring 3.1 per game. Without Crawford in net for the Blackhawks, banking on lots of goals is their games is always smart. They’ve gone 6-1 to the OVER in their last seven. The Wild are 5-2 to the OVER in their last seven. Ride the OVER train on the Blackhawks before they get a healthy Corey Crawford back in the lineup.
PICK: OVER 5.5 (-110)